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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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  • The Independence Square is a square as another qquer, quite large, with a large monument to the Center and filled with all vendors. The differential is its surroundings, where the Teatro Solis, the gate of the Citadel, the building saved (which was once the tallest of South America) and the former Palace of Government.
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  • Historic square where there is the door of the Citadel, statue of General Artigas and underground mausoleum of same general. In the background you can see the beautiful Palacio Salvo.
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  • This is the most important and beautiful square of Montevideo. In this square is the mausoleo of the national hero, Artigas. On one side of the square is the portal that was part of the city wall and the new part of the old town. Not to be missed!
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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.