Plaza Independencia

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Plaza Independencia information

Location
Montevideo , Uruguay
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Montevideo's largest downtown plaza commemorates independence hero José Artigas with a 17m, 30-ton statue and the subterranean Mausoleo de Artigas , where an honor guard keeps 24-hour vigil over Artigas’ remains. Other notable structures surrounding the plaza include the stone gateway Puerta de la Ciudadela (a lonely remnant of the colonial citadel demolished in 1833); the 19th-century Palacio Estévez ; and the 26-story Palacio Salvo , once the continent’s tallest building when it opened in 1927; a classic Montevideo landmark, but not open for tourist visits