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“Upstairs was great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palacio Taranco

Palacio Taranco
Calle 25 de Mayo 379, Montevideo, Uruguay (Ciudad Vieja)
02/915-1101
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Ranked #23 of 138 things to do in Montevideo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings and more.
London
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“Upstairs was great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This was a visit of two halves. On entering this magnificent building, by chance we chose to go downstairs first. This was the most awful, badly laid out, damp smelling exhibition of classical art & archaeology, pottery, bronze & glass in cabinets that were poorly lighted and often full of nothing. Disappointed we went upstairs and were treated to two floors of what had been the actual home of Taranco Oritz and housed some magnificent furniture and paintings. The money to build and furnish this magnificent house in a Parisian style must have been millions. Seems that of the three brothers only one was married and bore 9 children. They got the top floor - a fabulous area also showing a separate art show. There wasn't an official tour but the lady on the ground floor was happy to give us a free personal overview in very acceptable Spanglish.

Visited January 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Past of splendour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

It's a kind of palace you can see in Paris, in fact it was designed by a french architect. Some members of the staff are very educated, may be you can get an interesting courtesy guided tour.

Visited September 2012
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Santiago, Chile
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“Closed! without notice.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We arrived by taxi about noon on a Sunday after reading online that the museum was open from 10 until 5 or 6 (I'm not sure) from Tuesday through Sunday. When we got there it was closed. No notice was posted as to why or what the hours may have been.

Visited April 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Next to Palacio Taranco, don't miss PLAZA ZABALA, A Small Piece of Paris in Montevideo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Dating from the end of the nineteenth century, this square is named after Mauricio de ZABALA (1682 – 1736). Born in a place called Zabala in the outskirts of Durango in Vizcaya, Spain, he was named “Capitán general del Río de la Plata” in 1717 and, ten years later, he built a fort in 1727 in order to defend the area from Portuguese attacks.

This fort, demolished in 1878, is the origin of the city of Montevideo, capital of Uruguay.

A dozen years after the demolition, “Plaza Zabala” was built where this fort was standing in the memory of the founder of this great city.

When you visit this charming place, it will remind you of many French neighborhood small parks enclosed by small iron fences. This is because it was designed by a French architect, Eduardo André. You will see in the center of it a statue of Mauricio de Zabala on his horse, work of Spanish sculptor Lorenzo Cullaut Valera, inaugurated in December 1931.

The streets surrounding this square are called “Circunvalación Durango” in memory of the Spanish city next to which the Spanish military was born.

Visited December 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Also known as the Museo de Artes Decorativas, this fabulous mansion that occupies its own city block was a highlight of our trip to the Ciudad Vieja. And it's free! You can't go wrong.

Visited March 2012
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