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Address: Montevideo, Uruguay
Description: This prominent plaza divides the old from the new Uruguay, and is...
This prominent plaza divides the old from the new Uruguay, and is surrounded by an interesting array of architectural styles. It also contains a statue of General Artigas, considered the father of Uruguay.
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Montevideo's Most important plaza..

This is a must see for the serene beauty and the juxtaposition of buildings around the plaza. In the centre sits a monument to Artigas, Father of Uruguay. In one corner sits the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Thornhill, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a must see for the serene beauty and the juxtaposition of buildings around the plaza. In the centre sits a monument to Artigas, Father of Uruguay. In one corner sits the majestic Palacio Salvo. The historic door (puerta) Gateway to the Citadel to the old city sits on the other side. Then there is the president's former office,... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

You can't miss this spot, with lovely gardens, surrounded by beautiful buildings. We loved the building with a huge tower that used to be the highest building in South America.

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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It's easy to get the Plaza by bus (buses no matter where you go are always about $1) and then start exploring. The center of the plaza is dominated by a huge monument to Artigas who is considered the "Father" of Uruguay. On the plaza itself is the President's office, the old Opera House (definitely worth a visit), and the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I don't see how you could go to Montevideo and not go here. There's the Italian designed near skyscraper in one corner. A sister of the building in Buenos Aires. The presidential offices are here. Fountains. An underground tomb of their famous general. Very vibrant and unique. I could spend hours here.

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Carmichael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The Plaza Independencia represents the spirit of this country. Even though Uruguay is surrounded on 3 sides by Argentina, Uruguay has its own time zone. The Plaza represents this spirit, as well as celebrates the country's independence. Uruguay loves being different.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This was one of our stops on the private guided tour we had booked. Because we had such an excellent guide, we learned of the history of this Plaza which brought it to life. If you just stopped there on your own, it would not be very helpful.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

a square is a square nothing outstanding the city itself is quite old and not well maintained, unless you are very interested in old buildings and can ignore the conditions, its ok

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Aiken, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Montevideo is not a difficult place to walk around and getting to Plaza Independencia is easy. The plaza is a typical South America Plaza. There is a large statue to the founding general as well as his mausoleum. Several souvenir shops along the square. It is an easy walk from the cruise port. Worth a short visit to take in... More 

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Kentucky
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Took a bus down to the old part of town and got off at Plaza Independencia. Sat here for a while while we figured out where we wanted to go next. This square is picturesque Montevideo and is a must if you are in the old town. A little tip, we came to Montevideo very unprepared (it was a last... More 

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Edmonton
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Located by the "old gate" and various museums this well cared for square with its magnificent center piece is well worth the walk. There are wonderful eateries and niche stores with an artistic flare around the square.

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