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Visiting the Legislative Palace, Montevideo, Uruguay: splendour in stone
History and distinguished architecture in fine combination
In this fine Neo-Classical building in Montevideo, Uruguay's parliament is housed.
Among the South American republics, Uruguay is relatively small, in both population and geography, situated as it is between two very large countries, Argentina and Brazil. But the sheer impressiveness of its parliament building would arguably befit parliamentary institutions of countries much larger than Uruguay's approximately 3 million people.
It was commenced in 1908 and completed in 1925. Its architects were Vittorio Meano and Gaetano Moretti, with the assistance of José Belloni, the sculptor.
In 1925 the building was inaugurated by President of Uruguay José Serrato, as part of the commemoration of 100 years of national independence.
In 1975 the Bordaberry government declared the Legislative Palace a National Historic Monument.
Institutionally, from 1985 and prior to 1973 the building has been the seat of the General Assembly (Asamblea general ) of Uruguay, which incorporates the Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados ) and the Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores ).
Among the fine views which may be obtained of the Legislative Palace, is one seen from the nearby street in central Montevideo called the Avenida del Libertador (previously known as Avenida Agraciada ), which it dominates throughout its length.
Also worth seeing
Other of Montevideo 's visitor attractions are too numerous to name here, but make sure you see Plaza Independencia (Independence Square), with the tall Palacio Salvo building, the statue and mausoleum of General Artigas , the Ciudadela gate and the Palacio Estévez (former Presidential palace).
The Cerro (Hill) has an historic fort, which overlooks Montevideo harbour.
How to get there: LanChile flies to Montevideo , Uruguay from North American destinations including New York and Toronto . 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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