Independence Square of Montevideo
Independence Square of Montevideo, the whole story behind the most important green space in the Uruguayan city, considered a link between the Old City and the New City of Montevideo.
Once Independence was affirmed, the colonial fortifications that surrounded and protected the city were demolished, giving way to the opening of it.
This Plaza is the union between both cities, in addition to being the beginning of the main avenue of the country, July 18 Avenue. To know more about this important street, we leave you the link to more information here!
Around the Independence Square of Montevideo, there are the most well-known and outstanding buildings, such as the Salvo Palace, the Solís Theater, the Gate of the Citadel, among others.
In the center of the square, you will find a Monument 17 meters high and weighing 30 tons, which pays tribute to José Gervasio Artigas, an important personality who has fought for democracy and equality in the country, becoming a national hero. Under the monument, there is a staircase that leads to the mausoleum where his remains rest, with 24 hour custody.
It is known as the most important Plaza in Montevideo, declared a Historic Monument, and delineated as part of the New City in 1837. At the same time, it has naturally been the official venue for public events since the 19th century.
In its design, it was intervened by the famous landscaper Carlos Thays, also the creator of several Parks in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has quite geometric shapes and huge pavement sectors surrounded by green spaces. Around it, the most important buildings with varied architecture decorate the general landscape.
The door of the Citadel is the only colonial symbol that is preserved in this space. You can find it upright, in front of Sarandí street. Undoubtedly, it is a detail that gives you that mixture of modernity and colonialism, recalling and highlighting the history of that longed-for Independence of the country.
Given its location, it is impossible for you not to pass by here, so we recommend that you take a moment to enjoy the outdoors and marvel at the design of this site.
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