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Plaza Matriz


Also known as Plaza Constitución, this leafy square was the heart of colonial Montevideo. On its west side stands the Iglesia Matriz, Montevideo’s oldest public building, begun in 1784 and completed in 1799. Opposite is the Cabildo, a neoclassical stone structure finished in 1812. Benches under the trees and eateries along the adjacent sidewalk offer opportunities for a noon break.

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1. Cabildo

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Opposite the Iglesia Matriz is the Cabildo, a neoclassical stone structure finished in 1812.

2. Museo y Archivo Histórico Municipal

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This free historical museum on Ciudad Vieja's main square displays 18th-century paintings of Montevideo and other artifacts from the city's early days.

3. Iglesia Matriz

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Opposite the Cabildo on Plaza Matriz is the Iglesia Matriz, Montevideo's oldest public building. It was begun in 1784 and completed in 1799.

4. Museo Figari

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5. Museo de los Andes

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6. Museo Gurvich

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7. Museo Torres García

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8. Puerta de la Ciudadela

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