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Place Montevideo

Montevideo (Spanish pronunciation: [monteβiˈðeo]) is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108 (about one-third of the country’s total population) in an area of 201 square kilometers (78 sq mi). Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.
The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. It was also under brief British rule in 1807, but eventually the city was retaken by Spanish criollos. Montevideo is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs, a position that entailed comparisons to the role of Brussels in Europe.The 2019 Mercer’s report on quality of life, rated Montevideo first in Latin America, a rank the city has consistently held since 2005. As of 2010, Montevideo was the 19th largest city economy in the continent and 9th highest income earner among major cities. In 2020, it has a projected GDP of $49.7 billion, with a per capita of $28,385.In 2018, it was classified as a beta global city ranking eighth in Latin America and 84th in the world. Montevideo hosted every match during the first FIFA World Cup, in 1930. Described as a “vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life”, and “a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture”, Montevideo ranked eighth in Latin America on the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.In 2014, it was also regarded as the fifth most gay-friendly metropolis in the world and the first in Latin America.

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1.92km
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Atlas Obscura 2018
3.72km
Café Brasilero

Discover Café Brasilero in Montevideo, Uruguay: The oldest café in Montevideo preserves its history as the city's bohemian hub.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.41km
Teatro Solís

Discover Teatro Solís in Montevideo, Uruguay: This beautiful example of neoclassical architecture is one of Uruguay's most treasured cultural gems.

Brutalism 1957
0.99km
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Brutalism
2.31km
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World Heritage Site 2021
40.33km
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.28km
Mausoleo de Artigas

Discover Mausoleo de Artigas in Montevideo, Uruguay: The remains of Uruguayan hero José Artigas lie beneath a monument in Montevideo’s main square.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
8.79km
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Atlas Obscura 2019
1.29km
Estadio Centenario

Discover Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay: This historic stadium was built to host the first-ever FIFA World Cup.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.3km
Fountain of Locks

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