Salvo Palace of Montevideo
Salvo Palace of Montevideo, the history and characteristics of one of the most important buildings in the city of Montevideo.
Initially thought by the brothers and merchants Salvo as a 5-star Hotel, it ended up being declared a National Historic Monument.
Located on the corner of July 18 Avenue (here we leave you more information!) and Independence Square, right at the beginning of the downtown of Montevideo.
In 1928 this 95-meter building was inaugurated, with an eclectic style, being the tallest in Latin America for that time, with Gothic reminiscences, neoclassical touches and Renaissance references.
It is a historic Montevidean skyscraper, designed by the architect Mario Palanti, which has almost 100 years of history under its belt.
Symbol of cultural, tourist, architectural and historical interest, in 1996 it was declared a National Historic Monument and, today, it maintains its winning medal for the highest in the entire city.
At present, it has offices, shops of different categories, houses, cafes and the renowned Museum of Tango, which was formerly the “La Giralda” confectionery where the interpretation of the tango “La Cumparsita” was heard for the first time, famous throughout the world.
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It is common knowledge that there are certain disputes between Argentina and Uruguay, due to the origins of traditions such as the creation of mate, dulce de leche, murga … and here we are going to add one more: architecture!
Yes, in Buenos Aires there is a building VERY similar to the Salvo Palace, which is 5m less in height, but it was built a couple of years before this symbol of Montevideo. We are talking about nothing more and nothing less than the famous Barolo Palace, an emblematic building in the city of Buenos Aires, located on Av. De Mayo. Its style is inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, also designed by the architect Mario Palanti. The idea of it was to unite both cities with a kind of bridge of light across the Río de la Plata, joined by the headlights of the domes of these buildings, as a welcome to the Río de la Plata region. Unfortunately, due to an error in the calculations, the lights were never linked.