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Plaza Independencia : the heart of the city


For a better understanding of the history of Montevideo, nothing beats a promenade around the most popular spot in the capital.

Located in the heart of the city, Plaza Independencia is a vast esplanade lined with palm trees and towering buildings, including the Palacio Salvo, the Solís Theatre the oldest theatre in the country and the offices of the Uruguayan Presidency. The square separates the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) from the modern business district.

Under the bronze statue of Uruguayan hero José Artigas at the centre of the square is a granite staircase leading to a sentry-guarded mausoleum, open to the public, and containing his ashes. On the walls are scenes of the life of this defender of equality and the ‘father of Uruguayan nationhood'.

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