Mausoleo de Artigas


In the middle of the downtown Plaza Independencia is the Mausoleo de Artigas, whose above-ground portion is a 17m, 30-ton statue of the country's independence hero. Below street level an honor guard keeps 24-hour vigil over Artigas' remains.

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1. Plaza Independencia

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2. Palacio Estévez

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The 18th-century Palacio Estévez, on the south side of the Plaza Independencia, was the Government House until 1985.

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5. Museo Torres García

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8. Cabildo

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