Plaza Independencia, Montevideo

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Encircled by busy roads and countless important buildings, Plaza Independencia acts as the nerve center of Montevideo. The square's centerpiece, a 30-ton bronze statue of Jose Artigas, the national hero who helped Uruguay achieve its independence, stands proudly in the middle of the expansive public space. Go below the statue to visit a mausoleum holding the revolutionary leader's remains. Plan to visit Plaza Independencia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Montevideo attractions using our Montevideo family vacation planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful, tree-lined square, with many benches to sit and enjoy the historic buildings around and has a statue of Gen. Artigas. The most beautiful building is the Palacio Salvo. From there we pass through the gate of the Citadel and we proceeded to walk to the market of Porto (1.2 km)
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful square with a cleaning otina!!!! Note-If security and affection with the site!!! I recommend visiting the Museum of the national hero Aguilar
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  • August 14, 2017
    A historical place and particular that make Montevideo a beautiful city. Preferred day of week go to see the changing of the guard at noon.
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  • July 5, 2017
    Nice place to visit. But only if you are near. Don't take a cab to do it. Always has people around.
  • June 23, 2017
    Great plaza to visit. Safe and clean with lots of touristy shops around plus the embassies and business district.
  • May 31, 2017
    Nice place to take pictures and make a stop to eat some snacks. Oh, don't go on a very windy day!
  • March 18, 2017
    On main square. Walking to and through Old Town. Definitely 50's style. Has a casino. My bathroom was a little dated. Buffet breakfast standard.
  • March 14, 2017
    Beautiful Plaza with impressive statue of Jose Artigas in the center. His mausoleum is housed underground. It is one of the most important plazas of the city. Honor Guard stands watch over the mausoleum. Flanked on one side by the Teatro Solis, the city's main theater. A must visit.

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