Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
4.5
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This prominent plaza divides the old from the new Uruguay, and is surrounded by an interesting array of architectural styles. It also contains a statue of General Artigas, considered the father of Uruguay.
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Neighbourhood: Ciudad Vieja
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  • KarenM1_10
    1,084 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of sites in this area
    There are several sites that you can see from this plaza, such as a piece of the Old Town Gate and the statue of Jose Gervasio de Artigas, who is referred to as the father of Uruguay. An underground mausoleum was built under the statue. When we arrived, it was roped off and tours were not available. There is a very large building that is located around the perimeter of the Plaza with a dome top. I do not recall the name but on the first level that is open are a variety of sculptures there that should not be missed. We just happen to stumble across them when we were looking for a store to buy drinks/snacks.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Eaton_Out
    Greenville, South Carolina651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful heart of the city
    We visited Independence Plaza while in port with a cruise line. This is the heart of the old town and where the presidential offices are located. By all means start your day here as a tourist. If you are cruising you can walk from here back to the port.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central square in old town Montevideo
    We were staying in Montevideo and enjoyed a walk through the old town, including this main square of Plaza Indepencia. It has many other sights nearby, so it's likely that you'll see it if you're in the old town area. We especially enjoyed seeing the old city wall / Puerta de la Ciudadela and also going down to the mausoleum underneath the status that dominates the center of the square. The Palacio Salvo building towers above it; we didn't enter the building but enjoyed seeing the exterior, as well as that of the nearby Theatre Solis. Overall a very nice central square and worth walking through as you explore the city.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2024
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada3,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Recently visited town and walked around this plaza. So much history here with lots to see. Highly recommend a walk through here.
Written 2 April 2024
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were staying in Montevideo and enjoyed a walk through the old town, including this main square of Plaza Indepencia. It has many other sights nearby, so it's likely that you'll see it if you're in the old town area.

We especially enjoyed seeing the old city wall / Puerta de la Ciudadela and also going down to the mausoleum underneath the status that dominates the center of the square. The Palacio Salvo building towers above it; we didn't enter the building but enjoyed seeing the exterior, as well as that of the nearby Theatre Solis. Overall a very nice central square and worth walking through as you explore the city.
Written 2 April 2024
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited Independence Plaza while in port with a cruise line. This is the heart of the old town and where the presidential offices are located. By all means start your day here as a tourist. If you are cruising you can walk from here back to the port.
Written 21 March 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,144 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Montevideo's Independence Square is - sorry, dear friends - as dreary a sight as most of the city's other "tourist attractions": An extremely traditional statue that could stand in any country, surrounded by tall buildings of various degrees of ugliness. It almost looks like something from the former Soviet era.

If you're desperate to experience something interesting in Montevideo, visit the Mirador Panoramico on the 22nd floor with a breathtaking 365-degree view of the entire city. And of course, the wonderful Rambla, which runs for kilometers along the city's beautiful beaches and coastline. Both are, incidentally, completely free.
Written 10 March 2024
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Giuseppe Cincindella
Rosyth, UK1,701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's the big square in the heart of Mintevideo, symbolizing the independence. Surrounded by big buildings, in the centre there's the beautiful statue of the general Artigas, very important figure for Uruguayan people
Written 7 March 2024
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a nice square in the heart of Montevideo it includes some historic buildings as well as the offices of Uruguay's president. There's a sigificant monument in the middle and an adjacent pedestrian mall. It's worth visiting.
Written 8 February 2024
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london057
Dublin, OH695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This is the best square in South America and the my best site in Montevideo. This square as great views. It is also very big too.
Written 7 July 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
There are several sites that you can see from this plaza, such as a piece of the Old Town Gate and the statue of Jose Gervasio de Artigas, who is referred to as the father of Uruguay. An underground mausoleum was built under the statue. When we arrived, it was roped off and tours were not available. There is a very large building that is located around the perimeter of the Plaza with a dome top. I do not recall the name but on the first level that is open are a variety of sculptures there that should not be missed. We just happen to stumble across them when we were looking for a store to buy drinks/snacks.
Written 26 May 2023
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DuncanTCH
East Greenbush, NY1,275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Plaza Independencia is a very nice, open square connecting the old city with the newer area. With its wide open spaces, there is always something to watch...a street performer, a protest, a tour group...take your pick. The main subway line also connects here and Montevideo's most interesting building, Palacio Salvo, is on one side of the Plaza (a strange looking building, but it was closed so we couldn't tour).

One word of caution about the Plaza....there is exceptionally little shade other than that cast by a small number of palm trees. We were there mid-day and the sun was intense and the plaza much larger crossing than it appears. Make sure to have a head cover and wear sun screen...you'll burn up otherwise!
Written 19 March 2023
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Tammy B
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a beautiful plaza. We personally used this as a central point for downtown Montivideo. It is pleasant to sit and view your surrondings.
Written 2 March 2023
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