Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, brings together in harmony both modernity and tradition. Its waterfront, over 30 kilometers, is one of its most appealing attractions.
Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, brings together in harmony both modernity and tradition. Ancient architectural treasures such as the “Cabildo”, the Matrix Church (Iglesia Matriz) and the The Citadel’s Gate (Puerta de la Ciudadela), styles such as Art Nouveau and Art Decó and modern avant garde constructions such as the Communications Tower (Torre de las comunicaciones), provide the city with a unique identity.
The waterfront, the balcony providing access to over 30 kilometers of coastline, is one of the main attributes of Montevideo and a walk which is a must for its citizens who usually go there to drink “mate” and for long walks. Green spaces, gardens and parks are also a main attraction, providing multiple options for outdoors activities.
Montevideo also boasts a wide cultural life. For example, its theatre offer is both ample and varied, reaching from classical shows to modern or alternative.
In its museums, cultural centers, houses of culture and galleries it is possible to appreciate art from a wide spectrum of artists of international level like Juan Manuel Blanes, Rafael Barradas, Pedro Figari, Joaquín Torres García, José Cúneo and Ignacio Iturria, among others.
In 2013, for the second time, Montevideo was proclaimed Iberoamerican Capital of Culture, by the Union of Iberoamerican Capitals (UCCI), and in consequence, an ample set of activities is planned to celebrate this distinction.
Montevideo was founded by Governor and Captain of the “Río del Plata” Don Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. The foundational process of the city is inscribed between the years 1724 and 1730, period in which the first colonists arrived from Buenos Aires and the Canary Isles. In the year 1833 a new city layout is planned, and it is executed fully after 1861. Unlike the Old CIty (Ciudad Vieja), which was walled fully around its perimeter, the New City (Ciudad Nueva) is planned with wide and treed streets where luxury shops and great houses were established.