Montevideo has stunning architecture. I always tell people to take a walk along the main avenue, 18 de julio – not for the street itself but to keep looking up – the architecture is Belle Epoque, Art Deco, modernist.
In English and Spanish, the guide is beautifully designed and perfect for curious travellers and photographers. It includes almost 400 buildings and spaces organised by neighbourhood.
The translation into English is a bit clunky – well, it was not helped by the fact that the original text is heavy-going, academic terms and phrases abound- but the maps and building descriptions are concise and easy to follow.
There’s useful historic background, dates, and gorgeous photography. There such good detail you could even use it as your guide for visiting the various neighbourhoods in Montevideo throughout your stay.
Kami’s blog post on Montevideo Some absolutely gorgeous photos of buildings and lots of public spaces. You can see how Montevideans make the most of their parks and the rambla.
Montevideo landmarks and architecture on Wikipedia Quite a good starting point for any visitor. I would recommend them all except for the World Trade Centre (really? Come on…) and Parque Batlle (unless you are going to Parque Centenario Football Stadium, the park itself is not particularly attractive). Parque Rodo and El Prado are much lovelier parks.
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