Visiting the Municipal Palace, Montevideo, Uruguay: administrative hub of the city by Mauricio Cravotto

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Flag of Uruguay | Source
Municipal 'Intendencia', Montevideo, Uruguay
Municipal 'Intendencia', Montevideo, Uruguay | Source
Tabaré Vázquez
Tabaré Vázquez | Source
Map location of Montevideo, Uruguay
Map location of Montevideo, Uruguay | Source

Hub of city administration

The architect of this most imposing building in Montevideo, Uruguay, was Mauricio Cravotto (1893-1962)(1).

Some history and features

Completed in 1941, the brick structure attains a height of 78 metres. Its size — indeed, its monumentality — befits a city which is Uruguay's largest (with approx. 1.3 million peoople) and the country's capital. One of the building's most significant and conspicuous features is the 14 pillar frontage, suggestive of Neoclassical influence. (I am also reminded of the Rationalist style which characterized some early to mid-20th century Italian municipal buildings.)

Prominently displayed at the front of the building is a replica of Michelangelo's David .

Among the municipal heads — known as Intendentes — of Montevideo have been distinguished personalities who have made a profound mark at a national level, also. These have included: Andrés Martínez Trueba (1884-1959), Intendente from 1947 to 1948, who later served as President of Uruguay from 1951 to 1955, and Tabaré Vázquez (1940-), Intendente from 1990 to 1994, who subsequently served as President of Uruguay from 2005 until 2010. Indeed, it might be said that Montevideo Municipality, based in this building, has over the years proved to be a training ground for those, in various municipal capacities, who would later serve in other rôles.

Montevideo Municipality (Spanish: Intendencia de Montevideo ) is often abbreviated IM by Uruguayans. The Municipality's main building is located at Avenida 18 de julio , 1360, Montevideo.

May 9, 2012

Note

(1) Other buildings for which Architect Cravotto was responsible include Hotel Rambla and the Rowing Club, both in Montevideo. He studied architecture at the University of the Republic (Spanish: Universidad de la República , or UdelaR ), Montevideo.

Also worth seeing

In Montevideo itself, among the numerous, noted buildings and structures are included: Montevideo Cathedral (the Matriz church), the Independence Building (formerly the Estévez Palace) at Plaza Independencia , the Salvo Palace, the main building of University of the Republic (UdelaR) on Avenida 18 de julio, the Legislative Palace, the Obelisk, the Cerro Fortress, and many others.

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How to get there: LanChile flies to Montevideo , Uruguay from North American destinations including New York and Toronto . The Uruguayan airline PLUNA, which codeshares with VARIG, flies to a number of Latin American regional destinations. Car rental is available at Montevideo Carrasco International airport. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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