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2. Old Town
The old town of Montevideo is a quite narrow term. The most important square of Montevideo – Plaza Independencia– can be considered for its dominant. It separates the downtown from the old town. This square offers several attractions. The first of them is Palacio Salvo, nice tall building with a tower, which is in my opinion after „Casa Pueblo“ in the town called Punta del Este the second most photographed building in the country. Another prominent feature of the square is the statue and the Mausoleum of General Gervasio Artigas. Artigas liberated Uruguay and Paraguay from the Spanish colonial rule. And Uruguayans are really grateful for it. Only few things in Montevideo are not named after Artigas. And even when my friend jokingly claimed talking to an Uruguayan boy that her name is “Kashe Artigas” (street Artigas in the Uruguayan Spanish), he didn´t find it strange. The third thing you can see in this square are museums. I think it was the museum of presidents and the museum of the flag. Now I will change the topic for a moment. But.. Spending two months in Montevideo, me and my friend wanted to get to know the culture and history of the Uruguayan nation as much as possible- we visited: not only the two above mentioned museums, but also the museum of the Uruguayan currency, gauchos (very simplified – something like Uruguayan Indians), pre- Columbian civilizations, the gallery of the painter Juan Manuel Blanes, the museum of modern arts , the Artigas mausoleum, took a guide tour in the Solís Theatre,… and Montevideo has become the city with the most museums I have ever visited … Back to the square. The last thing you will find on this square, is the official gateway to the Old Town- Ciudadela. Behind it, after passing lane with a few street vendors (although it could seem so, not all of them sell marijuana) you will find one more nice square with a huge church- Plaza Espan?a. Except of these two squares and some main streets, you can see some interesting buildings in the Old Town: the National Bank, the pre- Columbian civilizations museum, Mercado del Puerto. Mercado del Puerto – a big indoor area with dozens of traditional restaurants – is a place definitely worth of visiting.Barbora
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