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Address: Montevideo, Uruguay
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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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Main square in town

Very interesting place with the start of the old town and its town gate on the fringe. So this was the start of the new town and now has the Presidential Offices on it which has a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
michael c
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Sydney, Australia
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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great place to stop and take in the history of Uruguay, as well as visit a few shops nearby and experience what the locals might see every day! When we visited, there was a large military demonstration and almost every type of government protection agency worker you could imagine was lined up around the square (from firefighters... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting place with the start of the old town and its town gate on the fringe. So this was the start of the new town and now has the Presidential Offices on it which has a brass band parade complete with old uniformed walking lancer parade of guards around mid day. The Palacio Salvo is an interesting art deco... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't find to much to write home about in Montevideo, although a very nice city. However, the square is definitely worth the walk and a visit :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Plaza Independencia is attractive with its historic sculptures and architecture. There is a leather factory located off the square which made beautiful products for me which I personally designed. Bedroom slippers and a backpack. I also bought beautiful purses and belts with amazing great quality leather. Not cheap but certainly what you pay for with quality. There is a... More 

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Valinhos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful square. Opportunity to learn a little history of Montevideo. From the square you see the Portal that divides the old city from the new town, the imposing Palacio Salvo, the Presidential Office Building of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, and the magnificent Teatro Solis. In addition, the Independence Square is located on the 18th July Avenue, a landmark of... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a nice calm place on daytime, a bit of a scary dark place on night time. I went there a couple of times for business and fun and most times I felt comfortable and safe. Totally recommended!

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will be completely honest that Montevideo in general isn't the most exciting place, but if you're there this is one of the must see things on the list, just because it is relatively iconic.

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Corpus Christi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the main central plaza in Montevideo,and is a sort of transition point from the newer downtown and "Ciudad Vieja".You have an original gate(portal)from colonial times and a few classic buildings.The Theatre Solis is on one side,and Gen Artigas sits on his horse in the center.

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State of Sao Paulo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

this place used to be prettier but recently there have been lots of homeless people around. Regardless it is a must for people that dont know the city.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

There are very beautiful and classic buildings set among modern ones. On a nice day the plaza will be filled with dinners, shoppers, and workers. It is also within walking distance to the ocean front. There is lots of history in the surrounding area. A must visit for travelers to Uruguay.

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