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Castillo de Piria, Piriapolis
(3.3/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Interesting visit, to make something else more beyond the beach, not chargeable income, can be reached by bus that passes every hour, to know a little more about the history of the ideas of Piria, its projects, as he lived.
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  • In the middle of one of the paths to Piriapolis you can go through this castle that now houses a kind of cultural centre. Parking and all the architecture is worth the visit.
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  • Part of the castle is in remodeling, so there isn't much to see. It is free and has a room over the history of Piriapolis.
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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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