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. Put Plaza Independencia and other Montevideo attractions into our Montevideo vacation planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Independence Square is an old city and Montevideo Center icon. It is the gate of the old city and is surrounded by emblematic buildings as well as the Artigas mausoleum
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  • Big place - Plaza Independencia but not so interesting. Only some building's are interesting - Palacio Estevez, Teatr Solis, amazing Palacio Salvo and Ciudadela. Other building's are dirty - and many ...  more »
  • Of the many squares in Montevideo, this is what I went through to be at the entrance of the Ciudad Vieja. Has few shadow spaces to sit. I felt quite safe there.
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  • Nice place to visit. But only if you are near. Don't take a cab to do it. Always has people around.
  • Great plaza to visit. Safe and clean with lots of touristy shops around plus the embassies and business district.
  • Nice place to take pictures and make a stop to eat some snacks. Oh, don't go on a very windy day!
  • 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.
  • 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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