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Castillo de Piria, Piriapolis

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Visit Castillo de Piria for a sense of Uruguay's upper crust at the turn of the 20th century. Completed in 1897, the medieval-inspired castle and gardens served as the residence of wealthy businessman Francisco Piria--one of the first people to realize the potential of coastal tourism in Uruguay. Through the years, it has also housed presidents and hosted important cultural gatherings. While Piria's castle has suffered somewhat from a lack of quality maintenance, its rustic charm remains intact, and its interior has been converted to a small Spanish-language museum displaying period furnishings, weapons, tools, and artwork. Step out onto the second floor's Florentine balconies for panoramic views of the city. Stroll through the grounds, dotted with native palm trees, and look for the bronze statue of Mercury. You can tour on your own or join one of the visits organized by the tourist office in Piriápolis. Make Castillo de Piria part of your personalized Piriapolis itinerary using our Piriapolis holiday planner.
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  • Too bad a guide service there is no local tourist to inform about the Castle. I could learn me it through internet
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  • We made the effort to make a detour to Piriapolis in order to visit its famous Castle and we wouldn't TFW from. No interest and badly preserved, we have made the turn in 5 minutes chrono. Highlight of the tour: the scabs of a local artist exhibition. The total deprimade.
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  • Francisco Piria made this castle for their experiments. It was Alchemist and it is believed that he managed to transform lead into gold. It was not more than 365 days. It is a place with great energy. Inside there is furniture that belonged to Piria and Hotel Argentino.
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  • Not essential but nice place. You can visit it in 30 min or less.
  • Piria's castle has a couple cool historical displays with timelines and photos. Was a fun quick little stop and learned a bit about the areas history. Also had some friendly guys working on restoring stuff.
  • A tourist place to meet. You can not miss it
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  • Divine place
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  • Mystic place and history
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