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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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  • This square is spacious and welcoming, stopping on a bench to watch the great monument or people who pass is fascinating. I could also see the excellent citizen access to internet is very fast!
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  • Concentrates on various points of interest in one place. It's worth it, because if you can do many things at once.
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  • Beautiful square with many amenities to hand and many places to visit, museums, buildings with great architectural beauty.
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  • Green and well maintained! Visit the Artigas mausoleum under the statue. This square was designed in the 1830s by Carlo Zucchi, inspired in the Rue de Rivoli, Paris
  • As close as it gets for the national mall of Uruguay. The plaza is well maintained and you'll see plenty of Uruguanos hanging around drinking their mate. The mausoleum is worth checking out but it will only take a moment or two of your time.
  • Nice place to go for fresh air
  • It's a beautiful place. It's worth visiting the museum located underneath the statue.
  • While a nice square during the daytime, perhaps not the best place to hang out, especially while alone, during the evening hours as the lighting of it could be improved.