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.
Free guide to architectural sights in Montevideo
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.
Get your copy of the Architectural and Urban Guide to Montevideo here.
Check out the architecture of Montevideo
Montevideo is a city made for B&W Stunning black and white shots by resident Mark Villeneuve
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.
The iconic Palacio Salvo on Montevideo’s Plaza Independencia in the Old City © Mark Villeneuve
* The guide was produced by the Municipality of Montevideo (the IMM) and the southern Spanish state of Andalusia, together with the Faculty of Architecture of the UDELAR, the public university. The first edition dates from 1992.
Thanks to Mark Villeneuve for allowing me to use his photos.
[Article published: Mar 16, 2015, Last updated at the date above]
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