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Municipal Intendant of Montevideo>Intendant| leader_name = Christian di Candia| established_title = Founded| established_date = 1724| founder = Bruno Mauricio de Zabala| area_magnitude = | unit_pref = UYACCESSDATE=2014-02-27, | area_total_sq_mi = 77.5| area_water_percent = Montevideo Department>department area is {{convertkm21110sqmi}}.Alike measurement applied to the Conurbation plus the {{convert>193.4sqmi}} of the city proper.| area_metro_sq_mi = 633| population_as_of = 2011 CensusACCESSDATE=2014-02-27, INE, | population_density_sq_mi = 17,421Departments of Uruguay>Department| population_blank1 = 1319108| population_metro = 1947604"...el Área Metropolitana de Uruguay nuclea a los departamentos de San José, Canelones y Montevideo..." Retrieved 10 November 2014.Info censal de departamentos/Data 2011 census. Retrieved 10 November 2014.| population_urban = 1719453montevideano (m)montevideana (f) Montevidean (English)HTTP://WWW.FODORS.COM/WORLD/SOUTH-AMERICA/URUGUAY/MONTEVIDEO/ACCESSDATE=16 FEBRUARY 2014, Fodor'sTravel, Uruguay Time>UYT| utc_offset1 = −33415655region:UY-MO|display=it}}| elevation_m = 43| postal_code_type = Postal code| postal_code = 11#00 & 12#00Telephone numbers in Uruguay>Dial plan| area_code = (+598) 2XXX XXXXHuman Development Index>HDI (2017)Montevideo ({{IPA-es|monteβiˈðeo}}) is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108 (about one-third of the country's total population)WEB,weblink Censos 2011 Montevideo, 2012, INE, 3 September 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 November 2012, dmy-all, in an area of {{convert|201|sqkm|sqmi}}. The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. It was also under brief British rule in 1807. Montevideo is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs, a position that entailed comparisons to the role of Brussels in Europe.WEB,weblink Google Earth Montevideo Map, 5 March 2015, One World - Nations Online Project, The 2017 Mercer's report on quality of life, rated Montevideo first in Latin America,WEB,weblink 2017 Quality of Living Survey, 12 October 2017, Mercer, a rank the city has consistently held since 2005.WEB,weblink Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey, 24 February 2014, Mercer, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 December 2013, dmy-all, WEB,weblink CIUDADES LATINOAMERICANAS EN EL ÍNDICE DE CALIDAD DE VIDA, Patricia P., Gainza, 2009-11-17, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 November 2009, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Diario EL PAIS - Montevideo - Uruguay, WEB,weblink The 8 Smartest Cities in Latin America, 3 December 2013,weblink {{As of|2010}}, Montevideo was the 19th largest city economy in the continent and 9th highest income earner among major citiesweblink{C84CB74F-A3B1-47B1-8265-6252F6D85B68}&pid={4F5BEDB1-6C1F-4243-A052-83ADBABE82DF} In 2019, it has a projected GDP of $47.7 billion, with a per capita of $27,542.(((61/33)^(1/15))^9)*33 and (((33/21)^(1/15))^9)*21.In 2018, it was classified as a beta global city ranking eighth in Latin America and 84th in the world.WEB,weblink The World According to GaWC 2018, 5 January 2019, Geography Department, Ghent University., Montevideo hosted every match during the first FIFA World Cup, in 1930. Described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life",WEB,weblink Montevideo travel | Uruguay, and "a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture", Montevideo ranked eighth in Latin America on the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.WEB,weblink MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, In 2014, it was also regarded as the fifth most gay-friendly metropolis in the world and the first in Latin America.WEB,weblink The most gay-friendly places on the planet, 3 December 2014, Lonely Planet., weblink}{{Dead link|date=July 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} It is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay as well as its chief port. The city is also the financial hub of Uruguay and the cultural anchor of a metropolitan area with a population of around 2 million.


There are several explanations about the word Montevideo. All agree that "Monte" refers to the Cerro de Montevideo, the hill situated across the Bay of Montevideo, but there is disagreement about the etymological origin of the "video" part.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 28 April 2005, Día del Patrimonio, 17 November 2010, Nelson Ormazábal,, Spanish, Pocas villas con deseos de ser ciudad, tuvieron tantos prenombres hasta llegar al definitivo de Montevideo. Pináculo de la Tentación, Monte de la Detención, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Monte de San Pedro, Santo Vidio, Monte Seredo, Monte Vidi, Monte veo, Montem Video, Monte Vide Eu, Monte Ovidio, Monte VI D. E-O... Tales fueron, entre el viaje de Amerigo Vespucci (1501) y la fundación por Bruno Mauricio de Zabala (1726), las diversas denominaciones que la elevación al oeste de la bahía recibió., (File:Cerro de Montevideo desde la ciudad. Año 1865.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Cerro de Montevideo as seen from the city, in 1865.)
  • Monte vide eu ("I saw a mount") is the most widespread beliefWEB,weblink Paisaje urbano, 17 November 2009, Centro Radioaficionados Montevideo,, Spanish, but is rejected by the majority of experts, who consider it unlikely because it involves a mix of dialects. The name would come from a Portuguese expression which means "I saw a mount", wrongly pronounced by an anonymous sailor belonging to the expedition of Fernando de Magallanes on catching sight of the Cerro de Montevideo.
  • Monte Vidi: This hypothesis comes from the "Diario de Navegación" (Navigational Calendar) of boatswain Francisco de Albo, member of the expedition of Fernando de Magallanes,WEB,weblink El origen de la palabra "Montevideo", 17 November 2009, Nelson Ormazábal,, Spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 13 December 2009, dmy-all, who wrote, "Tuesday of the said [month of January 1520] we were on the straits of Cape Santa María [now Punta del Este], from where the coast runs east to west, and the terrain is sandy, and at the right of the cape there is a mountain like a hat to which we gave the name "Montevidi"." This is the oldest Spanish document that mentions the promontory with a name similar to the one that designates the city, but it does not contain any mention of the alleged cry "Monte vide eu."
  • Monte-VI-D-E-O (Monte VI De Este a Oeste): According to Rolando Laguarda Trías, professor of history, the Spaniards annotated the geographic location on a map or Portolan chart, so that the mount/hill is the VI (6th) mount observable on the coast, navigating Río de la Plata from east to west.WEB,weblink Reseña histórica y datos varios, 17 November 2009, Javier Meneses Silva,, Spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, WEB,weblink El origen del nombre Montevideo, 20 November 2010, Ariel Collazo, La Republica 21, Spanish, WEB,weblink El sexto monte, 17 November 2009, Laura Caorsi,, Spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 29 April 2011, dead, With the passing of time, these words were unified to "Montevideo". No conclusive evidence has been found to confirm this academic hypothesis nor can it be asserted with certainty which were the other five mounts observable before the Cerro.
  • Monte Ovidio (Monte Santo Ovidio), a less widespread hypothesis of a religious origin, stems from an interpolation in the aforementioned Diario de Navegación of Fernando de Albo, where it is asserted "corruptly now called Santo Vidio" when they refer to the hat-like mount which they named Monte Vidi (that is, the Cerro de Montevideo). Ovidio (Saint Ovidius) was the third bishop of the Portuguese city of Braga, where he was always revered; a monument to him was erected there in 1505. Given the relationship that the Portuguese had with the discovery and foundation of Montevideo, and despite the fact that this hypothesis, like the previous ones, lacks conclusive documentation, there have been those who linked the name of Santo Ovidio or Vidio (appearing on some maps of the time) with the subsequent derivation of the name "Montevideo" given to the region since the early years of the 16th century.


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Early history

Between 1680 and 1683, Portugal founded the city of Colonia do Sacramento in the region across the bay from Buenos Aires. This city met with no resistance from the Spanish until 1723, when they began to place fortifications on the elevations around Montevideo Bay. On 22 November 1723, Field Marshal (:pt:Manuel de Freitas da Fonseca|Manuel de Freitas da Fonseca) of Portugal built the Montevieu fort.A Spanish expedition was sent from Buenos Aires, organized by the Spanish governor of that city, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. On 22 January 1724, the Spanish forced the Portuguese to abandon the location and started populating the city, initially with six families moving in from Buenos Aires and soon thereafter by families arriving from the Canary Islands who were known as Guanches or Canarians. There was also one significant early Italian resident by the name of Jorge Burgues.WEB,weblink La Paloma, la historia y el futuro, 17 November 2009, Carlos Maggi, El País, Spanish, A census of the city's inhabitants was performed in 1724 and then a plan was drawn delineating the city and designating it as San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo, later shortened to Montevideo. The census counted fifty families of Galician and Canary Islands origin, more than 1000 indigenous people, mostly Guaraní, as well as Black African slaves of Bantu origin.A few years after its foundation, Montevideo became the main city of the region north of the Río de la Plata and east of the Uruguay River, competing with Buenos Aires for dominance in maritime commerce.Google Search, History of Montevideo, 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2010. The importance of Montevideo as the main port of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata brought it in confrontations with the city of Buenos Aires in various occasions, including several times when it was taken over to be used as a base to defend the eastern province of the Viceroyalty from Portuguese incursions.In 1776, Spain made Montevideo its main naval base (Real Apostadero de Marina) for the South Atlantic, with authority over the Argentine coast, Fernando Po, and the Falklands.Armada Nacional, 2008.weblink {{Webarchive|url= |date=14 May 2011 }}. Retrieved 4 October 2008.Until the end of the 18th century, Montevideo remained a fortified area, today known as Ciudad Vieja.

19th century

File:Monte Video from the Anchorage outside the Harbour.png|thumb|upright= 2.2| "Monte Video from the Anchorage outside the Harbour" by Emeric Essex VidalEmeric Essex VidalOn 3 February 1807, British troops under the command of General Samuel Auchmuty and Admiral Charles Stirling occupied the city during the Battle of Montevideo (1807), but it was recaptured by the Spanish in the same year on 2 September when John Whitelocke was forced to surrender to troops formed by forces of the Banda Oriental—roughly the same area as modern Uruguay—and of Buenos Aires.WEB,weblink Segunda Invasión Inglesa (1807),, Spanish, After this conflict, the governor of Montevideo Francisco Javier de Elío opposed the new viceroy Santiago de Liniers, and created a government Junta when the Peninsular War started in Spain, in defiance of Liniers. Elío disestablished the Junta when Liniers was replaced by Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros.During the May Revolution of 1810 and the subsequent uprising of the provinces of Rio de la Plata, the Spanish colonial government moved to Montevideo. During that year and the next, Uruguayan revolutionary José Gervasio Artigas united with others from Buenos Aires against Spain.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 30 August 2000, Historia, 17 November 2009, Nelson Ormazába,, spanish, In 1811, the forces deployed by the Junta Grande of Buenos Aires and the gaucho forces led by Artigas started a siege of Montevideo, which had refused to obey the directives of the new authorities of the May Revolution. The siege was lifted at the end of that year, when the military situation started deteriorating in the Upper Peru region.The Spanish governor was expelled in 1814. In 1816, Portugal invaded the recently liberated territory and in 1821, it was annexed to the Banda Oriental of Brazil. It was named (:pt:Imperial Cidade|Imperial City) by Emperor Pedro I when the city was part of the Empire of Brazil as capital of the Cisplatina province. Juan Antonio Lavalleja and his band called the Treinta y Tres Orientales ("Thirty-Three Orientals") re-established the independence of the region in 1825. Uruguay was consolidated as an independent state in 1828, with Montevideo as the nation's capital. In 1829, the demolition of the city's fortifications began and plans were made for an extension beyond the Ciudad Vieja, referred to as the "Ciudad Nueva" ("new city"). Urban expansion, however, moved very slowly because of the events that followed.WEB,weblink History of Centro, 16 November 2010, IMM, 22 April 2010,, spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, File:PlanoMontevideoSitioGrande.JPG|thumb|Map of Montevideo during the Guerra Grande (1843–1851).]]Uruguay's 1830s were dominated by the confrontation between Manuel Oribe and Fructuoso Rivera, the two revolutionary leaders who had fought against the Empire of Brazil under the command of Lavalleja, each of whom had become the caudillo of their respective faction.WEB,weblink Historia General de las Relaciones Exteriores de la Argentina (1806–1989), 17 November 2009, spanish, La situación en el Uruguay y el Litoral durante la década de 1830, Politics were divided between Oribe's Blancos ("whites"), represented by the National Party, and Rivera's Colorados ("reds"), represented by the Colorado Party, with each party's name taken from the colour of its emblems. In 1838, Oribe was forced to resign the presidency; he established a rebel army and began a long civil war, the Guerra Grande, which lasted until 1851.The city of Montevideo suffered a siege of eight years between 1843 and 1851, during which it was supplied by sea with British and French support. Oribe, with the support of the then conservative Governor of Buenos Aires Province Juan Manuel de Rosas, besieged the Colorados in Montevideo, where the latter were supported by the French Legion, the Italian Legion, the Basque Legion and battalions from Brazil. Finally, in 1851, with the additional support of Argentine rebels who opposed Rosas, the Colorados defeated Oribe. The fighting, however, resumed in 1855, when the Blancos came to power, which they maintained until 1865. Thereafter, the Colorado Party regained power, which they retained until past the middle of the 20th century.After the end of hostilities, a period of growth and expansion started for the city. In 1853 a stagecoach bus line was established joining Montevideo with the newly formed settlement of Unión and the first natural gas street lights were inaugurated.{{citation needed|date=August 2015}} From 1854 to 1861 the first public sanitation facilities were constructed. In 1856 the Teatro Solís was inaugurated, 15 years after the beginning of its construction. By Decree, in December 1861 the areas of Aguada and Cordón were incorporated to the growing Ciudad Nueva (New City). In 1866, an underwater telegraph line connected the city with Buenos Aires. The statue of Peace, La Paz, was erected on a column in Plaza Cagancha and the building of the Postal Service as well as the bridge of Paso Molino were inaugurated in 1867.WEB,weblink Cronología de Montevideo 1742–1990 (PDF), Intendencia de Montevideo, 22 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 September 2013, dmy-all, In 1868, the horse-drawn tram company Compañía de Tranvías al Paso del Molino y Cerro created the first lines connecting Montevideo with Unión, the beach resort of Capurro and the industrialized and economically independent Villa del Cerro, at the time called Cosmopolis. In the same year, the Mercado del Puerto was inaugurated. In 1869, the first railway line of the company Ferrocarril Central del Uruguay was inaugurated connecting Bella Vista with the town of Las Piedras. During the same year and the next, the neighbourhoods Colón, Nuevo París and La Comercial were founded. The Sunday market of Tristán Narvaja Street was established in Cordón in 1870. Public water supply was established in 1871. In 1878, Bulevar Circunvalación was constructed, a boulevard starting from Punta Carretas, going up to the north end of the city and then turning west to end at the beach of Capurro. It was renamed to Artigas Boulevard (its current name) in 1885. By Decree, on 8 January 1881, the area Los Pocitos was incorporated to the Novísima Ciudad (Most New City).The first telephone lines were installed in 1882 and electric street lights took the place of the gas operated ones in 1886. The Hipódromo de Maroñas started operating in 1888, and the neighbourhoods of Reus del Sur, Reus del Norte and Conciliación were inaugurated in 1889. The new building of the School of Arts and Trades, as well as Zabala Square in Ciudad Vieja were inaugurated in 1890, followed by the Italian Hospital in 1891. In the same year, the village of Peñarol was founded. Other neighbourhoods that were founded were Belgrano and Belvedere in 1892, Jacinto Vera in 1895 and Trouville in 1897. In 1894 the new port was constructed, and in 1897, the Central Railway Station of Montevideo was inaugurated.

20th century

(File:MontevideoIndependencePlaza1900.jpg|thumb|Plaza Independencia around 1900.)In the early 20th century, many Europeans (particularly Spaniards and Italians but also thousands from Central Europe) immigrated to the city. In 1908, 30% of the city's population of 300,000 was foreign-born. In that decade the city expanded quickly: new neighbourhoods were created and many separate settlements were annexed to the city, among which were the Villa del Cerro, Pocitos, the Prado and Villa Colón. The Rodó Park and the Estadio Gran Parque Central were also established, which served as poles of urban development.WEB,weblink Crecimiento Demográfico en el 1900, 17 November 2009,, spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, During the early 20th century, Uruguay saw huge social changes with repercussions primarily in urban areas. Among these changes were the right of divorce (1907) and women's right to vote.WEB,weblink Historia, 17 November 2009, 30 March 2007, – Fundación para el Fomento y Desarrollo de Hispanoamérica, spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2011, dead, The 1910s saw the construction of Montevideo's Rambla; strikes by tram workers, bakers and port workers; the inauguration of electric trams; the creation of the Municipal Intendencias; and the inauguration of the new port.WEB,weblink Hechos destacados de 1900, 17 November 2009, Javier Meneses Silva,, spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, In 1913, the city limits were extended around the entire gulf. The previously independent localities of the Villa del Cerro and La Teja were annexed to Montevideo, becoming two of its neighborhoods.WEB,weblink La Bahía de Montevideo: 150 años de modificación de un paisaje costero y subacuático, 15 July 2008, Pierre Gautreau, Spanish, Véase página 3 del archivo, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 12 January 2016, dmy-all, During the 1920s, the equestrian statue of Artigas was installed in Plaza Independencia; the Palacio Legislativo was built; the Spanish Plus Ultra flying boat arrived (the first airplane to fly from Spain to Latin America, 1926); prominent politician and former president José Batlle y Ordóñez died (1929); and ground was broken (1929) for the Estadio Centenario (completed 1930).During World War II, a famous incident involving the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee took place in Punta del Este, {{convert|200|km|sp=us}} from Montevideo. After the Battle of the River Plate with the Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy on 13 December 1939, the Graf Spee retreated to Montevideo's port, which was considered neutral at the time. To avoid risking the crew in what he thought would be a losing battle, Captain Hans Langsdorff scuttled the ship on 17 December. Langsdorff committed suicide two days later. The eagle figurehead of the Graf Spee was salvaged on 10 February 2006;NEWS,weblink Graf Spee's eagle rises from deep, BBC News, 10 February 2006, to protect the feelings of those still sensitive to Nazi Germany, the swastika on the figurehead was covered as it was pulled from the water.HTTPS://WWW.TELEGRAPH.CO.UK/NEWS/WORLDNEWS/SOUTHAMERICA/URUGUAY/1510657/THE-GRAF-SPEE-EAGLE-IS-LANDED.HTML >TITLE=THE GRAF SPEE EAGLE IS LANDEDDATE= 16 FEBRUARY 2006ACCESSDATE=5 JULY 2010, (File:2016 calle Cerrito Montevideo, al fondo torre iglesia San Francisco.jpg|thumb|left|upright|A street in Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja.)Uruguay began to stagnate economically in the mid-1950s; Montevideo began a decline, later exacerbated by widespread social and political violence beginning in 1968 (including the emergence of the guerrilla Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros) and by the Civic-military dictatorship of Uruguay (1973-1985). There were major problems with supply; the immigration cycle was reversed.From the 1960s to the end of the dictatorship in 1985, around one hundred people died or disappeared because of the political violence. From 1974 another hundred Uruguayans disappeared also in Argentina.WEB,weblink Violencia, 17 November 2009,, spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, In 1980, the dictatorship proposed a new constitution. The project was submitted to referendum and rejected in the first polls since 1971, with 58% of the votes against and 42% in favour. The result weakened the military and triggered its fall, allowing the return of democracy.WEB,weblink Plebiscito constitucional de 1980, 17 November 2009,, spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, In the 1980s, Pope John Paul II visited the city twice. In April 1987, as head of state of Vatican, he signed a mediation agreement for the conflict of the Beagle Channel.WEB,weblink Visitas de Juan Pablo II, 17 November 2009,, spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, He also held a large mass in Tres Cruces, declaring the cross located behind the altar as a monument. In 1988, he returned to the country, visiting Montevideo, Florida, Salto and Melo.

21st century

The 2002 Uruguay banking crisis affected several industries of Montevideo. In 2017, the city has maintained 15 years of economic growth, with a GDP of $44 billion, and a GDP per capita of $25,900.Montevideo has consistently been rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America:WEB,weblink MONTEVIDEO TRAVEL GUIDE, 16 February 2014, Fodor'sTravel, by 2015WEB,weblink 2015 Quality of Living Survey, Spanish, 5 March 2015, Mercer, WEB,weblink 2015 Quality of Living Survey, 5 March 2015, Mercer, it held this rank every year during the decade through 2014.


(File:Uruguay mapa.png|left|thumb|upright=1.1 |Map of Uruguay showing Montevideo on the Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil)Montevideo is situated on the north shore of the Río de la Plata, the arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the south coast of Uruguay from the north coast of Argentina; Buenos Aires lies {{convert|230|km|mi}} west on the Argentine side. The Santa Lucía River forms a natural border between Montevideo and San José Department to its west. To the city's north and east is Canelones Department, with the stream of Carrasco forming the eastern natural border. The coastline forming the city's southern border is interspersed with rocky protrusions and sandy Montevideo, Enciclopedia Geográfica del Uruguay, Retrieved on 20 November 2010. The Bay of Montevideo forms a natural harbour, the nation's largest and one of the largest in the Southern Cone, and the finest natural port in the region, functioning as a crucial component of the Uruguayan economy and foreign trade. Various streams criss-cross the town and empty into the Bay of Montevideo. Its coastline near the emptying rivers are heavily polluted.BOOK, Foraminiferal responses to polluted sediments in the Montevideo coastal zone, Uruguay., Sección Oceanología, Facultad de Ciencias, Iguá 4225, Montevideo, Burone L, Venturini N, Sprechmann P, Valente P, Muniz P, The city has an average elevation of {{convert|43|m|ft}}. Its highest elevations are two hills: the Cerro de Montevideo and the Cerro de la Victoria, with the highest point, the peak of Cerro de Montevideo, crowned by a fortress, the Fortaleza del Cerro at a height of {{cvt|134|m|ft}}.WEB,weblink Geografía – Cerro de Montevideo, 20 November 2010, Enciclopedia Geográfica del Uruguay, Closest cities by road are Las Piedras to the north and the so-called Ciudad de la Costa (a conglomeration of coastal towns) to the east, both in the range of 20 to {{cvt|25|km}} from the city center. The approximate distances to the neighbouring department capitals by road are, {{cvt|90|km}} to San Jose de Mayo (San Jose Department) and {{cvt|46|km}} to Canelones (Canelones Department).(File:MontevideoSunsetAtMalvin.JPG|right|thumb|Sunset in Montevideo.)


Montevideo enjoys a mild humid subtropical climate (Cfa, according to the Köppen climate classification). The city has cool winters (June to September), warm summers (December to March) and volatile springs (October and November);WEB,weblink About the Climate in Montevideo, Uruguay:Overview, 16 November 2010, Traveltips, there are numerous thunderstorms but no tropical cyclones. Rainfall is regular and evenly spread throughout the year, reaching around {{convert|950|mm|in}}.WEB,weblink Montevideo climate: Average Temperature, weather by month, Montevideo weather averages -,, 2019-09-20, Winters are generally wet, windy and overcast, while summers are warm and humid with relatively little wind. In winter there are bursts of icy and relatively dry winds and continental polar air masses, giving an unpleasant chilly feeling to the everyday life of the city. In the summer, a moderate wind often blows from the sea in the evenings which has a pleasant cooling effect on the city, in contrast to the unbearable summer heat of Buenos Aires.Montevideo has an annual average temperature of {{cvt|16.7|°C|1}}. The lowest recorded temperature is {{cvt|−5.6|°C|°F}} while the highest is {{cvt|42.8|°C|°F}}. Sleet is a frequent winter occurrence. Snowfall is extremely rare: flurries have been recorded only four times but with no accumulation, the last one on 13 July 1930 during the inaugural match of the World Cup,WEB,weblink 1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay™ : Hosts Uruguay beat arch-rivals to first world crown, FIFA World Cup™, FIFA World Cup™, Zúrich, Suiza, 14 July 2011, (the other three snowfalls were in 1850, 1853 and 1917); the alleged 1980 Carrasco snowfall was actually a hailstorm.WEB,weblink ¿Nevó en Uruguay en el mes de Noviembre?, Andrés Silva Delgado, Dec 2010, Dirección Nacional de Meteorología, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1, Spanish, Did it snow in Uruguay on November?, 29 June 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 24 January 2012, dead, dmy-all, {{Weather box|location = Montevideo (Prado) 1980–2009|metric first = yes|single line = yes|Jan record high C = 42.8|Feb record high C = 40.3|Mar record high C = 38.4|Apr record high C = 36.7|May record high C = 32.0|Jun record high C = 27.4|Jul record high C = 29.8|Aug record high C = 30.8|Sep record high C = 32.0|Oct record high C = 35.8|Nov record high C = 38.2|Dec record high C = 40.8|year record high C = 42.8|Jan high C = 27.7|Feb high C = 26.8|Mar high C = 25.3|Apr high C = 21.7|May high C = 18.2|Jun high C = 15.2|Jul high C = 14.5|Aug high C = 16.3|Sep high C = 17.5|Oct high C = 20.8|Nov high C = 23.3|Dec high C = 26.0|year high C = 21.1|Jan mean C = 23.2|Feb mean C = 22.7|Mar mean C = 21.3|Apr mean C = 17.9|May mean C = 14.5|Jun mean C = 11.7|Jul mean C = 11.1|Aug mean C = 12.4|Sep mean C = 13.7|Oct mean C = 16.6|Nov mean C = 19.0|Dec mean C = 21.5|year mean C = 17.1|Jan low C = 18.8|Feb low C = 18.7|Mar low C = 17.3|Apr low C = 14.1|May low C = 10.9|Jun low C = 8.3|Jul low C = 7.6|Aug low C = 8.5|Sep low C = 9.9|Oct low C = 12.5|Nov low C = 14.7|Dec low C = 17.0|year low C = 13.2|Jan record low C = 6.0|Feb record low C = 6.8|Mar record low C = 3.8|Apr record low C = 1.3|May record low C = -2.0|Jun record low C = -5.6|Jul record low C = -5.0|Aug record low C = -3.8|Sep record low C = -2.4|Oct record low C = -1.5|Nov record low C = 2.5|Dec record low C = 5.0|year record low C = -5.6|precipitation colour = green|Jan precipitation mm = 86.8|Feb precipitation mm = 101.5|Mar precipitation mm = 104.6|Apr precipitation mm = 85.5|May precipitation mm = 89.0|Jun precipitation mm = 83.1|Jul precipitation mm = 86.4|Aug precipitation mm = 88.2|Sep precipitation mm = 93.9|Oct precipitation mm = 108.5|Nov precipitation mm = 89.3|Dec precipitation mm = 84.4|year precipitation mm = 1101.2|unit precipitation days = 1.0 mm|Jan precipitation days = 6|Feb precipitation days = 7|Mar precipitation days = 6|Apr precipitation days = 6|May precipitation days = 6|Jun precipitation days = 7|Jul precipitation days = 7|Aug precipitation days = 6|Sep precipitation days = 6|Oct precipitation days = 7|Nov precipitation days = 7|Dec precipitation days = 6|year precipitation days = 77|Jan humidity = 70|Feb humidity = 73|Mar humidity = 76|Apr humidity = 77|May humidity = 79|Jun humidity = 81|Jul humidity = 80|Aug humidity = 78|Sep humidity = 76|Oct humidity = 74|Nov humidity = 72|Dec humidity = 70|year humidity = 76|Jan sun = 294.5|Feb sun = 234.5|Mar sun = 220.1|Apr sun = 162.0|May sun = 161.2|Jun sun = 126.0|Jul sun = 142.6|Aug sun = 164.3|Sep sun = 180.0|Oct sun = 226.3|Nov sun = 249.0|Dec sun = 282.1|year sun = |Jand sun = 9.5|Febd sun = 8.3|Mard sun = 7.1|Aprd sun = 5.4|Mayd sun = 5.2|Jund sun = 4.2|Juld sun = 4.6|Augd sun = 5.3|Sepd sun = 6.0|Octd sun = 7.3|Novd sun = 8.3|Decd sun = 9.1|yeard sun = 6.7|source 1 = Instituto Nacional de Investigación AgropecuariaCASTAñO >FIRST1=JOSé FIRST2=AGUSTíN FIRST3=MAURICIO FIRST4=JOSé FIRST5=ROSSINA,weblink" title="">weblink 12 December 2018,weblink Spanish, Caracterización Agroclimática del Uruguay 1980–2009, Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria, 12 December 2018, |source 2 = Dirección Nacional de Meteorología (precipitation 1961–1990, extremes 1901–1994),WEB,weblink RECORDS METEOROLOGICOS EN EL URUGUAY, Dirección Nacional de Meteorología, April 30, 2014, Spanish, WEB,weblink Estadísticas climatológicas : Estacion Meteorologica Prado, Dirección Nacional de Meteorología, March 26, 2013, Spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 30 November 2014, dead, dmy-all, World Meteorological Organization (precipitation data 1961–1990)WEB,weblink World Weather Information Service – Montevideo, World Meteorological Organization, March 26, 2013, |date=August 2010}}{|style="width:100%;text-align:center;line-height:1.2em;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto" class="wikitable mw-collapsible"!Colspan=14|Climate data for Montevideo!Month!Jan!Feb!Mar!Apr!May!Jun!Jul!Aug!Sep!Oct!Nov!Dec!style="border-left-width:medium"|Year!Average sea temperature °C (°F)24.2(75.6)23.4(74.1)22.4(72.3)19.0(66.2)15.9(60.6)13.1(55.6)11.3(52.3)12.1(53.8)13.3(55.9)17.2(63.0)19.8(67.6)21.9(71.4)17.8(64.0)!Mean daily daylight hours14.!Average Ultraviolet index11+11963224681011+6.9!Colspan=14 style="background:#f8f9fa;font-weight:normal;font-size:95%;"|Source: Weather Atlas WEB,weblink Montevideo, Uruguay - Monthly weather forecast and Climate data, Weather Atlas, 28 January 2019,

Administrative divisions and barrios

(File:Montevideo Map.png|thumb|right|Map of the barrios of Montevideo){{As of|2010}}, the city of Montevideo has been divided into 8 political municipalities (Municipios), referred to with the letters from A to G, including CH, each presided over by a mayor elected by the citizens registered in the constituency. This division, according to the Municipality of Montevideo, "aims to advance political and administrative decentralization in the department of Montevideo, with the aim of deepening the democratic participation of citizens in governance."Información general|Intendencia de Montevideo {{webarchive|url= |date=26 April 2011 }}. (23 August 2010). Retrieved on 20 November 2010. The head of each Municipio is called an alcalde or (if female) alcaldesa.Alcaldes y alcaldesas|Intendencia de Montevideo {{webarchive|url= |date=30 August 2010 }}. Retrieved on 20 November 2010.Of much greater importance is the division of the city into 62 barrios: neighbourhoods or wards.WEB,weblink Barrios of Montevideo, Uruguay, Explore Uruguay, 19 November 2010, Many of the city's barrios—such as Sayago, Ituzaingó and Pocitos—were previously geographically separate settlements, later absorbed by the growth of the city. Others grew up around certain industrial sites, including the salt-curing works of Villa del Cerro and the tanneries in Nuevo París. Each barrio has its own identity, geographic location and socio-cultural activities. A neighbourhood of great significance is Ciudad Vieja, that was surrounded by a protective wall until 1829. This area contains most important buildings of the colonial era and early decades of independence.{{div col|colwidth=26em}}
  1. Ciudad Vieja
  2. Centro
  3. Barrio Sur
  4. Aguada
  5. Villa Muñoz, Goes, Retiro
  6. Cordón
  7. Palermo
  8. Parque Rodó
  9. Tres Cruces
  10. La Comercial
  11. Larrañaga
  12. La Blanqueada
  13. Parque Batlle – Villa Dolores
  14. Pocitos
  15. Punta Carretas
  16. Unión
  17. Buceo
  18. Malvín
  19. Malvín Norte
  20. Las Canteras
  21. Punta Gorda
  22. Carrasco
  23. Carrasco Norte
  24. Bañados de Carrasco
  25. Flor de Maroñas
  26. Maroñas – Parque Guaraní
  27. Villa Española
  28. Ituzaingó
  29. Castro – Pérez Castellanos
  30. Mercado Modelo – Bolívar
  31. Brazo Oriental
  32. Jacinto Vera
  33. La Figurita
  34. Reducto
  35. Capurro – Bella Vista, Arroyo Seco
  36. Prado – Nueva Savona
  37. Atahualpa
  38. Aires Puros
  39. Paso de las Duranas
  40. Belvedere
  41. La Teja
  42. Tres Ombúes – Pueblo Victoria
  43. Villa del Cerro
  44. Casabó – Pajas Blancas, Rincón del Cerro
  45. La Paloma – Tomkinson
  46. Paso de la Arena – Los Bulevares – Santiago Vázquez
  47. Nuevo París
  48. Conciliación
  49. Sayago
  50. Peñarol – Lavalleja
  51. Colón Centro y Noroeste
  52. Lezica – Melilla
  53. Colón Sudeste – Abayubá
  54. Manga – Toledo Chico
  55. Casavalle, Barrio Borro
  56. Cerrito de la Victoria
  57. Las Acacias
  58. Jardines del Hipódromo
  59. Piedras Blancas
  60. Manga
  61. Punta de Rieles - Bella Italia
  62. Villa García – Manga Rural
{{div col end}}


File:Pocitos,_2017.jpg|upright=1.35|thumb|PocitosPocitosThe architecture of Montevideo ranges from Neoclassical buildings such as the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral to the Postmodern style of the World Trade Center Montevideo or the {{convert|158|m|ft|adj=on}} ANTEL Telecommunication Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the country. The Along with the Telecommunications Tower, the Palacio Salvo dominates the skyline of the Bay of Montevideo. The building facades in the Old Town reflect the city's extensive European immigration, displaying the influence of old European architecture. Notable government buildings include the Legislative Palace, the City Hall, Estévez Palace and the Executive Tower. The most notable sports stadium is the Estadio Centenario within Parque Batlle. Parque Batlle, Parque Rodó and Parque Prado are Montevideo's three great parks.WEB,weblink Parques y plazas, Intendencia de Montevideo, 20 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dead, dmy-all, The Pocitos district, near the beach of the same name, has many homes built by Bello and Reboratti between 1920 and 1940, with a mixture of styles. Other landmarks in Pocitos are the "Edificio Panamericano" designed by Raul Sichero,BOOK, Guillermo Gómez Platero, arquitecto, Platero, Guillermo Gómez, Editorial Dos Puntos, 2002, and the "Positano" and "El Pilar" designed by Adolfo Sommer Smith and (:es:Luis García Pardo|Luis García Pardo) in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the construction boom of the 1970s and 1980s transformed the face of this neighbourhood, with a cluster of modern apartment buildings for upper and upper middle class residents.{{Citation needed|date=November 2010}}

Palacio Legislativo

File:2016 columnas de la fachada del Palacio Legislativo de Montevideo.jpg|thumb|The Legislative Palace.]]The Palacio Legislativo in Aguada, the north of the city centre, is currently the seat of the Uruguayan Parliament. Construction started in 1904 and was sponsored by the government of President José Batlle y Ordóñez.WEB,weblink Montevideo Travel Guide, 17 November 2010, Easy Destination, It was designed by Italian architects Vittorio Meano and (:it:Gaetano Moretti|Gaetano Moretti), who planned the building's interior. Among the notable contributors to the project was sculptor José Belloni, who contributed numerous reliefs and allegorical sculptures.

World Trade Center Montevideo

File:World Trade Center Montevideo.jpg|thumb|left|World Trade Center MontevideoWorld Trade Center MontevideoWorld Trade Center Montevideo officially opened in 1998, but work was completed in 2009. The complex is composed of three towers, two three-story buildings called World Trade Center Plaza and World Trade Center Avenue and a large central square called Towers Square. World Trade Center 1 was the first building to be inaugurated, in 1998.{{Citation needed|date=November 2010}} It has 22 floors and 17,100 square metres of space. That same year the avenue and the auditorium were raised. World Trade Center 2 was inaugurated in 2002, a twin tower of World Trade Center 1. Finally, in 2009, World Trade Center 3 and the World Trade Center Plaza and the Towers Square were inaugurated. It is located between the avenues Luis Alberto de Herrera and 26 de Marzo and has 19 floors and {{convert|27000|sqm|sqft}} of space. The {{convert|6300|sqm|sqft|adj=on}} {{Citation needed|date=November 2010}} World Trade Center Plaza is designed to be a centre of gastronomy opposite Towers Square and Bonavita St. Among the establishments on the plaza are Burger King, Walrus, Bamboo, Asia de Cuba, Gardenia Mvd, and La Claraboya Cafe.The Towers Square, is an area of remarkable aesthetic design, intended to be a platform for the development of business activities, art exhibitions, dance and music performances and social place. This square connects the different buildings and towers which comprise the WTC Complex and it is the main access to the complex. The square contains various works of art, notably a sculpture by renowned Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry. World Trade Center 4, with 40 floors and {{convert|53500|sqm|sqft}} of space is under construction {{As of|2010|lc=y}}.{{Citation needed|date=November 2010}}

Telecommunications Tower

File:Torreantel2.JPG|thumb|upright|right|Telecommunication Tower.]]Torre de las Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunications Tower) or Torre Antel (Antel Tower) is the {{convert|158| m|ft}}, 37 floor headquarters of Uruguay's government-owned telecommunications company, ANTEL, and is the tallest building in the country. It was designed by architect Carlos Ott. It is situated by the side of the Bay of Montevideo. The tower was completed by American Bridge and other design/build consortium team members on 15 March 2000.When its construction was announced, many politicians complained about its cost (US$40 million, plus US$25 million for the construction of the other 5 buildings of the Telecommunications Complex). Problems during its construction turned the original US$65 million price into US$102 million.

Ciudad Vieja (Old City)

Ciudad Vieja was the earliest part of the city to be developed and today it constitutes a prominent barrio of southwest Montevideo. It contains many colonial buildings and national heritage sites, but also many banks, administrative offices, museums, art galleries, cultural institutions, restaurants and night-clubs, making it vibrant with life. Its northern coast is the main port of Uruguay, one of the few deep-draft ports in the Southern Cone of South America.(File:PlazaConstitución.jpg|thumb|left|Plaza de la Constitución in winter)Montevideo's most important plaza is Plaza Independencia, located between Ciudad Vieja and downtown Montevideo. It starts with the Gateway of The Citadel at one end and ends at the beginning of 18 de Julio Avenue. It is the remaining part of the wall that surrounded the oldest part of the city.WEB,weblink Visiting Colonia and Montevideo Uruguay: Recipe for a great visit, 18 November 2010, Offbeattravel, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 December 2010, dmy-all, Several notable buildings are located here. (File:2016 fachada columnas Teatro Solís de Montevideo.jpg|thumb|right|Solís Theatre) The Solís Theatre is Uruguay's oldest theatre. It was built in 1856 and is currently owned by the government of Montevideo. In 1998, the government of Montevideo started a major reconstruction of the theatre, which included two US$110,000 columns designed by Philippe Starck. The reconstruction was completed in 2004, and the theatre reopened in August of that year."Se reabrió el Teatro Solís", La Nación, 27 August 2004 The plaza is also the site of the offices of the President of Uruguay (both the Estévez Palace and the Executive Tower). The Artigas Mausoleum is located at the centre of the plaza. Statues include that of José Gervasio Artigas, hero of Uruguay's independence movement; an honour guard keeps vigil at the Mausoleum.WEB,weblink Sights in Montevideo, 16 November 2010, Lonely Planet, Palacio Salvo, at the intersection of 18 de Julio Avenue and Plaza Independencia, was designed by the architect Mario Palanti and completed in 1925. Palanti, an Italian immigrant living in Buenos Aires, used a similar design for his Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Palacio Salvo stands {{convert|100|m|ft}} high, including its antenna. It is built on the former site of the Confitería La Giralda, renowned for being where Gerardo Matos Rodríguez wrote his tango "La Cumparsita" (1917.)Buscando la Verdad – La Cumparcita {{webarchive|url= |date=30 April 2011 }} at Palacio Salvo was originally intended to function as a hotel but is now a mixture of offices and private residences.BOOK, Mimi Bohm, Buenos Aires, Art Nouveau, 2005, Ediciones Xavier Verstraeten, Buenos Aires, Also of major note in Ciudad Vieja is the Plaza de la Constitución (or Plaza Matriz). During the first decades of Uruguayan independence this square was the main hub of city life. On the square are the Cabildo—the seat of colonial government—and the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. The cathedral is the burial place of Fructuoso Rivera, Juan Antonio Lavalleja and Venancio Flores. Another notable square is Plaza Zabala with the equestrian statue of Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. On its south side, Palacio Taranco, once residence of the Ortiz Taranco brothers, is now the Museum of Decorative Arts. A few blocks northwest of Plaza Zabala is the Mercado del Puerto, another major tourist destination.{{Clear}}

Parque Batlle

(File:Monumento La Carreta en Montevideo.jpg|thumb|upright=1.45|right|Monumento La Carreta)Parque BatlleFinzer, p. 98 (formerly: Parque de los Aliados,WEB,weblink El Parque Batlle,, Spanish, 14 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2011, dead, translation: "Park of the Allies") is a major public central park, located south of (:es:Avenida Italia|Avenida Italia) and north of Avenue Rivera. Along with Parque Prado and Parque Rodó it is one of three large parks that dominate Montevideo.Finzer, p. 11 The park and surrounding area constitute one of the 62 neighbourhoods (barrios) of the city. The barrio of Parque Batlle is one of seven coastal barrios, the others being Buceo, Carrasco, Malvin, Pocitos, Punta Carretas, and Punta Gorda.BOOK, Couriel, Jack, De cercanías a lejanías. Fragmentación sociourbana del Gran Montevideo,weblink Ediciones Trilce, Spanish, 978-9974-32-539-5, 77, 2010, The current barrio of Parque Battle includes four former districts: Belgrano, Italiano, Villa Dolores and Batlle Park itself and borders the neighbourhoods of La Blanqueada, Tres Cruces, Pocitos and Buceo. It has a high population density and most of its households are of medium-high- or high-income.BOOK, World Bank, The Quality of Life in Latin American Cities: Markets and Perception,weblink 2009, World Bank Publications, 978-0-8213-7837-3, 225, Villa Dolores, a subdistrict of Parque Batlle, took its name from the original villa of Don Alejo Rossell y Rius and of Doña Dolores Pereira de Rossel. On their grounds, they started a private collection of animals that became a zoological garden and was passed to the city in 1919;WEB,weblink Zoologico Villa Dolores, 19 January 2010,, Spanish, 16 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, in 1955 the Planetarium of Montevideo was built within its premises.WEB,weblink Planetario,, Spanish, 16 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 17 December 2010, dmy-all, File:Obelisco a los constituyentes.jpg|right|thumb|upright|Obelisk of MontevideoObelisk of MontevideoParque Batlle is named in honour of José Batlle y Ordóñez, President of Uruguay from 1911 to 1915. The park was originally proposed by an Act of March 1907, which also projected wide boulevards and avenues.WEB,weblink Parque Batlle, Parque Batlle, 14 November 2010, Spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 13 June 2013, dead, dmy-all, French landscape architect, Carlos Thays, began the plantings in 1911. In 1918, the park was named Parque de los Aliados, following the victory of the Allies of World War I. On 5 May 1930, after significant expansion, it was again renamed as Parque Batlle y Ordóñez, in memory of the prominent politician and president, who had died in 1929. The park was designated a National Historic Monument Park in 1975.WEB,weblink Prensa, Comunicación y Relaciones Públicas, Parque Batlle, Government of Montevideo, Spanish, 14 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, {{As of|2010}}, the park covers an area of {{convert|60|ha|acre}} and is considered the "lung" of the Montevideo city due to the large variety of trees planted here.(:es:Parque Batlle|Parque Batlle), Retrieved 2010-11-15{{Better source|date=November 2015|reason=}}The Estadio Centenario, the national football stadium, opened in 1930 for the first World Cup, and later hosted several other sporting grounds of note (see Sports).In 1934, sculptor José Belloni's "La Carreta", a bronze monument on granite base,WEB,weblink Monumento a La Carreta en el Parque Batlle, 18 November 2009,, Spanish, 14 November 2010, was installed on Avenida Lorenzo Merola near Estadio Centenario. One of several statues in the park, it depicts yoked oxen pulling a loaded wagon.BOOK, Box, Ben, The South American handbook,weblink 80, 2003, Footprint Travel Guides, 1-903471-70-2, 1260, It was designated a national monument in 1976. Another statue on the same side of the park is a bronze copy of the Discobolus of Myron.On the west side of Parque Batlle, on Artigas Boulevard, the 1938 Obelisk of Montevideo is a monument dedicated to those who created the first Constitution. The work of sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín (1891–1975), it is a three-sided granite obelisk, {{convert|40|m|ft}} tall, with bronze statues on its three sides, representing "Law", "Liberty", and "Force", respectively. It has been a National Heritage Site since 1976.WEB,weblink Obelisco a los Constituyentes, 21 November 2009,, Spanish, 14 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all,

Parque Prado

(File:BotanicGardenPrado.jpg|thumb|left|The Botanic Gardens of Parque Prado)Established in 1873, the largest of Montevideo's six main public parks is the {{convert|1.06|km2|acre|adj=on}} Parque Prado.BOOK, International Bureau of the American Republics, Bulletin of the International Bureau of the American Republics,weblink 27, 1908, The Bureau, 947, Located in the northern part of the city, the Miguelete Creek flows through the park and the neighbourhood and of the same name. It is surrounded by the avenues Agraciada, Obes Lucas, Joaquín Suárez, Luis Alberto de Herrera and by the streets Castro and José María Reyes.The most frequented areas of the park are the Rosedal, a public rose garden with pergolas, the Botanical Garden, the area around the Hotel del Prado, as well as the Rural del Prado, a seasonal cattle and farm animal fairground. The Rosedal contains four pergolas, eight domes, and a fountain; its 12,000 roses were imported from France in 1910.WEB,weblink Rosedal, 14 June 2010, Government of Montevideo, 18 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, There are several jogging paths along the Miguelete river.The Presidential Residence is located behind the Botanical Gardens. Established in 1930, Juan Manuel Blanes Museum is situated in the Palladian villa, a National Heritage Site since 1975, and includes a Japanese garden.WEB,weblink Museo Blanes, 6 September 2010, Government of Montevideo, 18 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, The Professor Atilio Lombardo Museum and Botanical Gardens were established in 1902. The National Institute of Physical Climatology and its observatory are also in the Prado.BOOK, Mesa, Rosa Quintero, Uruguay,weblink Snippet view, 1973, Xerox University Microfilms, 0-8357-0079-8, 139,

Parque Rodó

(File:2016 lago del Parque Rodó Montevido Uruguay.jpg|thumb|left|Parque Rodó.)Parque Rodó is both a barrio (neighbourhood) of Montevideo and a park which lies mostly outside the limits of the neighbourhood itself and belongs to Punta Carretas. The name "Rodó" commemorates José Enrique Rodó, an important Uruguayan writer whose monument is in the southern side of the main park. The park was conceived as a French-style city park.WEB,weblink Pocitos Punta Carretas, Uruguay Now, 21 November 2010, Apart from the main park area which is delimited by Sarmiento Avenue to the south, Parque Rodó includes an amusement park; the Estadio Luis Franzini, belonging to Defensor Sporting; the front lawn of the Faculty of Engineering and a strip west of the Club de Golf de Punta Carretas that includes the Canteras ("quarry") del Parque Rodó, the Teatro de Verano ("summer theatre") and the Lago ("lake") del Parque Rodó.WEB,weblink Parque Rodó - Google Maps, Google Maps, 20 September 2019, On the east side of the main park area is the National Museum of Visual Arts. On this side, a street market takes place every Sunday. On the north side is an artificial lake with a little castle housing a municipal library for children. An area to its west is used as an open-air exhibition of photography. West of the park, across the coastal avenue Rambla Presidente Wilson, stretches Ramirez Beach. Directly west of the main park are, and belonging to Parque Rodó barrio, is the former Parque Hotel, now called Edifício Mercosur, seat of the parliament of the members countries of the Mercosur.WEB,weblink Visitas al Parlamento, Parlamento del Mercosur, 21 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 13 May 2011, dmy-all, During the guerilla war the Tupamaros frequently attacked buildings in this area, including the old hotel.Buchert, Beverly J., The Tupamaros: anomalies of guerrilla war, University of Kansas, 1979


The first set of subsidiary forts were planned by the Portuguese at Montevideo in 1701 to establish a front line base to stop frequent insurrections by the Spaniards emanating from Buenos Aires. These fortifications were planned within the River Plate estuary at Colonia del Sacramento. However, this plan came to fruition only in November 1723, when Captain Manuel Henriques de Noronha reached the shores of Montevideo with soldiers, guns and colonists on his warship Nossa Senhora de Oliveara. They built a small square fortification. However, under siege from forces from Buenos Aires, the Portuguese withdrew from Montevideo Bay in January 1724, after signing an agreement with the Spaniards.BOOK, David, Historic cities of the Americas: an illustrated encyclopedia, Volume 1, 817, 17 November 2010,weblink ABC-CLIO, 2005, 1-57607-027-1,

Fortaleza del Cerro (Fortress del Cerro)

(File:Fortaleza del Cerro.jpg|right|thumb|Fortaleza del Cerro)Fortaleza del Cerro overlooks the bay of Montevideo. An observation post at this location was first built by the Spanish in the late 18th century. In 1802, a beacon replaced the observation post; construction of the fortress began in 1809 and was completed in 1839. It has been involved in many historical developments and has been repeatedly taken over by various sides. In 1907, the old beacon was replaced with a stronger electric one. It has been a National Monument since 1931WEB,weblink Cerro – Municipio A, Intendencia de Montevideo, 20 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, and has housed a military museum since 1916. Today it is one of the tourist attractions of Montevideo.

Punta Brava Lighthouse

(File:Faro Punta Brava, Montevideo.jpg|thumb|right|upright|Punta Brava lighthouse.)Punta Brava Lighthouse (Faro Punta Brava), also known as Punta Carretas Lighthouse, was erected in 1876. The lighthouse is {{convert|21|m|ft}} high and its light reaches {{convert|15|mi|km}} away, with a flash every ten seconds.WEB,weblink Our Neighbourhood, Hotel Caladivolpe, 19 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2011, dmy-all, In 1962, the lighthouse became electric. The lighthouse is important for guiding boats into the Banco Inglés Buceo Port or the entrance of the Santa Lucía River.

Rambla of Montevideo

File:2016 Pescadores en Punta Carretas Montevideo Uruguay.jpg|thumb|right|Fishermen in Punta CarretasPunta CarretasThe Rambla is an avenue that goes along the entire coastline of Montevideo. The literal meaning of the Spanish word rambla is "avenue" or "watercourse", but in the Americas it is mostly used as "coastal avenue", and since all the southern departments of Uruguay border either the Río de la Plata or the Atlantic Ocean, they all have ramblas as well. As an integral part of Montevidean identity, the Rambla has been included by Uruguay in the Indicative List of World Heritage sites,UNESCO: Rambla of Montevideo candidacy {{es icon}} though it has not received this status. Previously, the entire Rambla was called Rambla Naciones Unidas ("United Nations"), but in recent times different names have been given to specific parts of it.(File:Playa Pocitos.jpg|thumb|left|Playa de los Pocitos)The Rambla is a very important site for recreation and leisure in Montevideo. Every day, a large number of people go there to take long strolls, jog, bicycle, roller skate, fish and even—in a special area—skateboard. Its {{convert|27|km|adj=on}} length makes it one of the longest esplanades in the world.WEB,weblink Rambla, Intendencia de Montevideo, 12 December 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 26 October 2010, dead, dmy-all, Montevideo is noted for its beaches, which are particularly important because 60% of the population spends the summer in the city. Its best known beaches are Ramírez, Pocitos, Carrasco, Buceo and Malvín. Further east and west are other beaches including the Colorada, Punta Espinillo, Punta Yeguas, Zabala and Santa Catarina.


(File:2016 cementerio Montevideo.jpg|thumb|left|Central Cemetery.)There are five large cemeteries in Montevideo, all administered by the "Fúnebre y Necrópolis" annex of the Intendencia of Montevideo.WEB,weblink Fúnebre y Necrópolis | Intendencia de Montevideo,, 16 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 5 August 2011, dead, dmy-all, The largest cemetery is the Cementerio del Norte, located in the northern-central part of the city. The Central Cemetery (Spanish: Cementerio central), located in Barrio Sur in the southern area of the city, is one of Uruguay's main cemeteries. It was one of the first cemeteries (in contrast to church graveyards) in the country, founded in 1835 in a time where burials were still carried out by the Catholic Church. It is the burial place of many of the most famous Uruguayans, such as Eduardo Acevedo, Delmira Agustini, Luis Batlle Berres, José Batlle y Ordóñez, Juan Manuel Blanes, François Ducasse, father of Comte de Lautréamont (Isidore Ducasse),Arte oculto en el cementerio {{webarchive|url= |date=30 August 2010 }} – {{es icon}} Luis Alberto de Herrera, Benito Nardone, José Enrique Rodó, and Juan Zorrilla de San Martín.The other large cemeteries are the Cementerio del Buceo, Cementerio del Cerro, and Cementerio Paso Molino.The British Cemetery Montevideo (Cementerio Británico) is another of the oldest cemeteries in Uruguay, located in the Buceo neighborhood. Many noblemen and eminent persons are buried there. The cemetery originated when the Englishman Mr. Thomas Samuel Hood purchased a plot of land in the name of the English residents in 1828. However, in 1884 the government compensated the British by moving the cemetery to Buceo to accommodate city growth. A section of the cemetery, known as British Cemetery Montevideo Soldiers and Sailors, contains the graves of quite a number of sailors of different nationalities, although the majority are of British descent. One United States Marine, Henry de Costa, is buried here.Lone U.S. Marine in British Cemetery honoured on U.S. Marine Corps birthday {{webarchive|url= |date=27 May 2010 }}


In 1860, Montevideo had 57,913 inhabitants including a number of people of African origin who had been brought as slaves and had gained their freedom around the middle of the century. By 1880, the population had quadrupled, mainly because of the great European immigration. In 1908, its population had grown massively to 309,331 inhabitants.WEB,weblink Datos en el cuerpo de todo el artículo, Javier Meneses Silva,, Spanish, 15 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, In the course of the 20th century the city continued to receive large numbers of European immigrants, especially Spanish and Italian, followed by French, Germans or Dutch, English or Irish, Polish, Greek, Hungarians, Russians, Croats, Lebanese, Armenians, and Jews of various origins.WEB,weblink Emigración en Uruguay, El Rincón del Vago, 25 November 2010, The last wave of immigrants occurred between 1945 and 1955.According to the census survey carried out between 15 June and 31 July 2004, Montevideo had a population of 1,325,968 persons, compared to Uruguay's total population of 3,241,003. The female population was 707,697 (53.4%) while the male population accounted for 618,271 (46.6%). The population had declined since the previous census carried out in 1996, with an average annual growth rate of −1.5 per thousand. Continual decline has been documented since the census period of 1975–1985, which showed a rate of −5.6 per thousand. The decrease is due in large part to lowered fertility, partly offset by mortality, and to a smaller degree in migration. The birth rate declined by 19% from 1996 (17 per thousand) to 2004 (13.8 per thousand). Similarly, the total fertility rate (TFR) declined from 2.24 in 1996 to 1.79 in 2004. However, mortality continued to fall with life expectancy at birth for both sexes increasing by 1.73 years.WEB,weblink Census Phase I, 2004, 4, 11, 13, 17, 22, 23, Government of Uruguay, In the census of 2011, Montevideo had a population of 1,319,108.{| class="wikitable"! 1860 || 1884 || 1908 || 1963 || 1975 || 1985 || 1996 || 2004 || 2011 style="text-align:right;"| 1,319,108Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de UruguayWEB,weblink Statistics of urban localities (1963–2004), INE, 2012, 7 September 2012,

Government and politics

Intendencia de Montevideo

(File:Edifcio de la Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo.jpg|thumb|right|Intendencia)The Municipality of Montevideo was first created by a legal act of 18 December 1908.Propiedad de las Chacras del Ejido de Bella Union {{webarchive|url= |date=27 April 2011 }}, Asociación de Escribanos del Uruguay Informe de la Comisión de Derecho Público {{es icon}} The municipality's first mayor (1909–1911) was Daniel Muñoz. Municipalities were abolished by the Uruguayan Constitution of 1918, effectively restored during the 1933 military coup of Gabriel Terra, and formally restored by the 1934 Constitution. The 1952 Constitution again decided to abolish the municipalities; it came into effect in February 1955. Municipalities were replaced by departmental councils, which consisted of a collegiate executive board with 7 members from Montevideo and 5 from the interior region. However, municipalities were revived under the 1967 Constitution and have operated continuously since that time.Since 1990, Montevideo has been partially decentralized into 18 areas; administration and services for each area is provided by its Zonal Community Center (Centro Comunal Zonal, CCZ), which is subordinate to the Municipality of Montevideo.Los Organos del Gobierno Local y el Presupuesto Participativo de Montevideo. Retrieved on 20 November 2010.La descentralización en Montevideo {{webarchive|url= |date=13 May 2011 }}. Retrieved on 20 November 2010. The boundaries of the municipal districts of Montevideo were created on 12 July 1993, and successively amended on 19 October 1993, 6 June 1994 and 10 November 1994.The city government of Montevideo performs several functions, including maintaining communications with the public, promoting culture, organizing society, caring for the environment and regulating traffic. Its headquarters is the Palacio Municipal on 18 de Julio Avenue in the Centro area of Montevideo.Trámites y servicios|Intendencia de Montevideo {{webarchive|url= |date=26 April 2011 }}. Retrieved on 20 November 2010.Another body, the Junta Departamental, or the Congress of Montevideo, governs the Department of Montevideo. The Junta, composed of 31 unsalaried elected members, is responsible for such things as the freedom of the citizens, the regulation of cultural activities, the naming of streets and public places, and the placement of monuments; it also responds to proposals of the Intendant in various circumstances.El Parlamento de Montevideo {{webarchive|url= |date=21 April 2013 }} {{es icon}} Its seat is the architecturally remarkable Casa de Francisco Gómez in Ciudad Vieja.A 2016 private ranking named Subnational Legislative Online Opening Index measured the data availability in official websites, scoring Montevideo as the second most open district nationally at 17.50 points.WEB,weblink Índice de Apertura en línea de Órganos Legislativos Subnacionales, 28 January 2019,weblink 14 August 2018, dead, dmy-all,

Intendants of Montevideo

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  1. Daniel Muñoz (1909–1911)
  2. Ramón V. Benzano (1911–1914)
  3. Juan M. Aubriot (1914–1914)
  4. Santiago Rivas (1914–1915)
  5. Francisco Accinelli (1915–1919)
  6. Alberto Dagnino (1933–1937)
  7. Luis Alberto Zanzi (1937–1938)
  8. Horacio Acosta y Lara (1938–1942)
  9. Benigno Paiva (1942–1942)
  10. Pedro Onetti (1942–1943)
  11. Juan Pedro Fabini (1943–1947)
  12. Andrés Martínez Trueba (1947–1948)
  13. Álvaro Correa Moreno (1950–1951)
  14. Germán Barbato (1951–1954)
  15. Armando Malet (1954–1955)
  16. Board members of the Concejo Departamental (1955–1967)
  17. Glauco Segovia (1967–1967)
  18. Carlos Bartolomé Herrera (1967–1969)
  19. Oscar Víctor Rachetti (1969–1971)
  20. E. Mario Peyrot (1971–1972)
  21. Oscar Víctor Rachetti (1972–1983)
  22. Juan Carlos Payssé (1983–1985)
  23. Aquiles R. Lanza (1985–1985)
  24. Julio Iglesias Álvarez (1985–1986)
  25. Eduardo Fabini Jiménez (1989–1990)
  26. Tabaré Vázquez (1990–1994)
  27. Tabaré González (1994–1995)
  28. Mariano Arana (1995–2000 / 2000–2005)
  29. Adolfo Pérez Piera (2005)
  30. Ricardo Ehrlich (2005–2010)
  31. Hyara Rodríguez (2010)
  32. Ana Olivera (2010–2015)
  33. Daniel Martínez (2015-2019)
  34. Christian di Candia (2019-incumbent)
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In recent years Montevideo nightlife has moved to Parque Rodó, where a large concentration of buildings cater for the recreational interests of young people during the night time. Under a presidential decree of 1 March 2006 smoking is prohibited in any public place with roofing, and there is a prohibition on the sale of alcohol in certain businesses from 21.00 to 9.00.{{Citation needed|date=November 2010}}Montevideo has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the area of Literature since December 2015.WEB,weblink Montevideo {{!, Creative Cities Network||language=en|access-date=2018-10-03}}NEWS,weblink Montevideo - Edinburgh City of Literature, Edinburgh City of Literature, 2018-10-03, en-GB,weblink" title="">weblink 3 October 2018, dead,

The arts

(File:Montevideo Recycle Horse.png|thumb|A recycle wagon horse awaits commands in Montevideo, Uruguay.)Montevideo has a very rich architectural heritage and an impressive number of writers, artists, and musicians. Uruguayan tango is a unique form of dance that originated in the neighbourhoods of Montevideo towards the end of the 1800s. Tango, candombe and murga are the three main styles of music in this city. The city is also the centre of the cinema of Uruguay, which includes commercial, documentary and experimental films. There are two movie theatre companies running seven cinemas,WEB,weblink Movie Center, Movie Center, 16 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 23 September 2011, dead, dmy-all, WEB,weblink MVD CMS 5.1.2, Grupocine, 16 September 2011, around ten independent onesWEB,weblink cines de montevideo cine uruguayo peliculas uruguayas,, 16 September 2011, and four art film cinemas in the city.WEB,weblink Cinemateca Uruguaya,, 16 September 2011, The theatre of Uruguay is admired inside and outside Uruguayan borders. The Solís Theatre is the most prominent theatre in Uruguay and the oldest in South America.BOOK,weblink Salgado, Susana, The Teatro Solís: 150 years of opera, concert, and ballet in Montevideo, Wesleyan University Press, 0-8195-6594-6, 2003, There are several notable theatrical companies and thousands of professional actors and amateurs. Montevideo playwrights produce dozens of works each year; of major note are Mauricio Rosencof, (:es:Ana Magnabosco|Ana Magnabosco) and (:es:Ricardo Prieto|Ricardo Prieto). (File:Montevideo Uruguay.jpg|thumb|left|Montevideo skyline at night.)

Visual arts

(File:Montevideo painters.jpg|thumb|right|Painter shop in Montevideo)The daily newspaper El País sponsors the Virtual Museum of contemporary Uruguayan art. The director and curator of the Museum presents exhibitions in "virtual spaces, supplemented by information, biographies, texts in English and Spanish".WEB,weblink Uruguay /Museums, Exhibition Centres, 17 November 2010, Universes in Universe, In the early 1970s (1973, to be particular) when the military junta took over power in Uruguay, art suffered in Montevideo. The art studios went into protest mode, with Rimer Cardillo, one of the country's leading artists, making the National Institute of Fine Arts, Montevideo a "hotbed of resistance". This resulted in the military junta coming down heavily on artists by closing the Fine Art Institute and carting away all the presses and other studio equipment. Consequently, the learning of fine arts was only in private studios run by people who had been let out of jail, in works of printing and on paper and also painting and sculpture. It resumed much later.BOOK, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Rimer Cardillo: Impressions (and Other Images of Memory) 16 October – 12 December 2004, 11–13, 17 November 2010,weblink SUNY Press, 2004, 1-4384-3110-4,


The first public library in Montevideo was formed by the initial donation of the private library of Father José Manuel Pérez Castellano, who died in 1815. Its promoter, director and organizer was Father Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga, who also made a considerable donation along with donations from José Raimundo Guerra, as well as others from the Convent of San Francisco in Salta.WEB,weblink mec-historia, Ministerio de Ecucacion y Cultura, Spanish, 12 December 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 28 April 2011, dead, dmy-all, In 1816 its stock was 5,000 volumes.{{citation needed|date=December 2010}} The current building of the National Library of Uruguay (Biblioteca Pública de Uruguay) was designed by Luis Crespi in the Neoclassical style and occupies an area of {{convert|4000|sqm|sqft}}. Construction began in 1926 and it was finally inaugurated in 1964. Its current collection amounts to roughly 900,000 volumes.WEB,weblink Biblioteca Nacional de Uruguay,, Spanish, 15 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 24 November 2009, dead, dmy-all, WEB,weblink 26 de mayo de 1816: fundación de la primera Biblioteca Pública, Uruguay Educa, Spanish, 12 December 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 1 May 2011, dmy-all,


File:Delmira Agustini.jpg|right|upright|thumb| The poet Delmira AgustiniDelmira AgustiniThe city has a long and rich literary tradition. Although Uruguayan literature is not limited to the authors of the capital (Horacio Quiroga was born in Salto and Mario Benedetti in Paso de los Toros, for instance), Montevideo has been and is the centre of the editorial and creative activity of literature.In 1900, the city had a remarkable group of writers, including José Enrique Rodó, Carlos Vaz Ferreira, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Delmira Agustini and Felisberto Hernández. Montevideo was then called the "Atenas del Plata" or the "Athens of the Rio de la Plata".WEB,weblink Movimiento cultural, Javier Meneses Silva,, Spanish, 16 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 2 March 2009, dead, dmy-all, File:Eduardo Galeano - conferenza Vicenza 2.jpg|left|upright=0.75|thumb|The writer Eduardo GaleanoEduardo GaleanoAmong the outstanding authors of Montevideo of the second half of the 20th century are Juan Carlos Onetti, Antonio Larreta, Eduardo Galeano, Marosa di Giorgio and Cristina Peri Rossi.WEB,weblink El poder de la palabra,, Spanish, 16 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 25 October 2010, dead, A new generation of writers have become known internationally in recent years. These include Eduardo Espina (essayist and poet), Fernando Butazzoni (novelist), (:es:Rafael Courtoisie|Rafael Courtoisie) (poet) and Hugo Burel (short story writer and novelist).


In Montevideo, as throughout the Rio de Plata region, the most popular forms of music are tango, milonga and vals criollo. Many notable songs originated in Montevideo including "El Tango supremo", La Cumparsita", La Milonga", "La Puñalada" and "Desde el Alma", composed by notable Montevideo musicians such as Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, (:es:Pintín Castellanos|Pintín Castellanos) and Rosita Melo.WEB,weblink Montevideo, Uruguay, Spanish courses, 18 November 2010, Tango is deeply ingrained in the cultural life of the city and is the theme for many of the bars and restaurants in the city. Fun Fun' Bar, established in 1935, is one of the most important places for tango in Uruguay as is El Farolito, located in the old part of the city and Joventango, Café Las Musas, Garufa and Vieja Viola. The city is also home to the Montevideo Jazz Festival and has the Bancaria Jazz Club bar catering for jazz enthusiasts.


The center of traditional Uruguayan food and beverage in Montevideo is the Mercado del Puerto ("Port Market"). Beef is very important in Uruguayan cuisine and an essential part of many dishes. A torta frita is a pan-fried cake consumed in Montevideo and throughout Uruguay. It is generally circular, with a small cut in the centre for cooking, and is made from wheat flour, yeast, water and sugar or salt.WEB,weblink Torta Frita Cuando Llueve,, 21 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dmy-all, Montevideo has a variety of restaurants, from traditional Uruguayan cuisine to Japanese cuisine.

Notable people

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(File:Cabildo de Montevideo.jpg|thumb|left|Fountain in the entry of the Cabildo)A Cultural Centre of Spain, as well as Asturian and cultural centres, testify to Montevideo's considerable Spanish heritage. Montevideo also has important museums including Museo Torres García,WEB,weblink Museo Torres García,, Spanish, 16 November 2010, (:es:Museo Gurvich|Museo José Gurvich), Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales and Museo Juan Manuel Blanes etc.The Montevideo Cabildo was the seat of government during the colonial times of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. It is located in front of Constitution Square, in Ciudad Vieja. Built between 1804 and 1869 in Neoclassical style, with a series of Doric and Ionic columns, it became a National Heritage Site in 1975. In 1958, the Municipal Historic Museum and Archive was inaugurated here. It features three permanent city museum exhibitions, as well as temporary art exhibitions, cultural events, seminars, symposiums and forums.WEB,weblink Museo y Archivo Histórico Municipal – Cabildo | Intendencia de Montevideo,, 24 January 2011, 16 September 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 October 2011, dmy-all, (File:Palacio Taranco meeting.jpg|thumb|right|upright|Uruguayan officials conversing at a meeting at the Palacio Taranco, 6 November 2010)The Palacio Taranco is located in front of the Plaza Zabala, in the heart of Ciudad Vieja. It was erected in the early 20th century as the residence of the Ortiz Taranco brothers on the ruins of Montevideo's first theatre (of 1793), during a period in which the architectural style was influenced by French architecture. The palace was designed by French architects Charles Louis Girault and (:fr:Jules-Léon Chifflot|Jules-Léon Chifflot) who also designed the Petit Palais and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It passed to the city from the heirs of the Tarancos in 1943, along with its precious collection of Uruguayan furniture and draperies and was deemed by the city as an ideal place for a museum; in 1972 it became the Museum of Decorative Arts of Montevideo and in 1975 it became a National Heritage Site.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 7 September 2009, Uruguay Cultural » Museo de Artes Decorativas Palacio Taranco,, 25 August 2008, 16 September 2011, The Decorative Arts Museum has an important collection of European paintings and decorative arts, ancient Greek and Roman art and Islamic ceramics of the 10th–18th century from the area of present-day Iran. The palace is often used as a meeting place by the Uruguayan government.(File:MuseoHistoricoNacionalMontevideo.jpg|thumb|left|Museo Historico Nacional de Montevideo)The National History Museum of Montevideo is located in the historical residence of General Fructuoso Rivera. It exhibits artifacts related to the history of Uruguay. In a process begun in 1998, the National Museum of Natural History (1837) and the National Museum of Anthropology (1981), merged in 2001, becoming the National Museum of Natural History and Anthropology. In July 2009, the two institutions again became independent.WEB,weblink Museos Nacionales de Historia Natural y Antropología,, 18 November 2010, The Historical Museum has annexed eight historical houses in the city, five of which are located in the Ciudad Vieja. One of them, on the same block with the main building, is the historic residence of Antonio Montero, which houses the Museo Romantico.WEB,weblink Bienvenidos al Museo Histórico Nacional – Ministerio de Educación y Cultura – Uruguay,, 16 September 2011, (File:Museo Torres García.jpg|thumb|right|Museo Torres García)The Museo Torres García is located in the Old Town, and exhibits Joaquín Torres García's unusual portraits of historical icons and cubist paintings akin to those of Picasso and Braque.WEB,weblink Montevideo, Uruguay, 16 November 2010,, The museum was established by Manolita Piña Torres, the widow of Torres Garcia, after his death in 1949. She also set up the García Torres Foundation, a private non-profit organization that organizes the paintings, drawings, original writings, archives, objects and furniture designed by the painter as well as the photographs, magazines and publications related to him.WEB,weblink El Museo Torres García, Museo Torres García, 17 November 2010, Spanish, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 October 2010, dmy-all, File:Museo Naval Montevideo.JPG|thumb|left|Museo Naval de MontevideoMuseo Naval de MontevideoThere are several other important art museums in Montevideo. The National Museum of Visual Arts in Parque Rodó has Uruguay's largest collection of paintings. The Juan Manuel Blanes Museum was founded in 1930, the 100th anniversary of the first Constitution of Uruguay, significant with regard to the fact that Juan Manuel Blanes painted Uruguayan patriotic themes. In back of the museum is a Japanese Garden with a pond where there are over a hundred carp.Juan Manuel Blanes Municipal Museum of Arts {{webarchive|url= |date=26 April 2011 }} The Museo de Historia del Arte, located in the Palacio Municipal, features replicas of ancient monuments and exhibits a varied collection of artifacts from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome and Native American cultures including local finds of the pre-Columbian period.WEB,weblink Museo de Historia del Arte (MuHAr) | Intendencia de Montevideo,, 28 December 2009, 16 September 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 October 2011, dmy-all, The Museo Municipal Precolombino y Colonial, in the Ciudad Vieja, has preserved collections of the archaeological finds from excavations carried out by Uruguayan archaeologist Antonio Taddei. These antiquaries are exhibits of pre-Columbian art of Latin America, painting and sculpture from the 17th and 18th century mostly from Mexico, Peru and Brazil. The Museo de Arte Contempo has small but impressive exhibits of modern Uruguayan painting and sculpture.There are also other types of museums in the city. The Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda, located in the Centro, has distinctive displays of the historical culture of Uruguay's gauchos, their horse gear, silver work and mate (tea), gourds, and bombillas (drinking straws) in odd designs. The Museo Naval, is located on the eastern waterfront in Buceo and offers exhibits depicting the maritime history of Uruguay. The Museo del Automóvil, belonging to the Automobile Club of Uruguay, has a rich collection of vintage cars which includes a 1910 Hupmobile.WEB,weblink Home,, 2013-03-12, The Museo y Parque Fernando García in Carrasco, a transport and automobile museum, includes old horse carriages and some early automobiles.WEB,weblink Museo y Parque Fernando García | Intendencia de Montevideo,, 27 April 2010, 16 September 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 October 2011, dmy-all, The Castillo Pittamiglio, with an unusual façade, highlights the eccentric legacy of Humberto Pittamiglio, local alchemist and architect.


(File:Montevideo Carnaval.jpg|thumb|left|Montevideo Carnival: drummers)(File:Montevideo Carnaval2.jpg|thumb|right|upright|"Zonal queens"){{see also|Uruguayan Carnival}}As the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is home to a number of festivals and carnivals including a Gaucho festival when people ride through the streets on horseback in traditional gaucho gear. The major annual festival is the annual Montevideo Carnival which is part of the national festival of Carnival Week, celebrated throughout Uruguay, with central activities in the capital, Montevideo. Officially, the public holiday lasts for two days on Carnival Monday and Shrove Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, but due to the prominence of the festival, most shops and businesses close for the entire week.WEB,weblink Montevideo Carnaval,, 19 November 2010, During carnival there are many open-air stage performances and competitions and the streets and houses are vibrantly decorated. "Tablados" or popular scenes, both fixed and movable, are erected in the whole city. Notable displays include "Desfile de las Llamadas" ("Parade of the Calls"), which is a grand united parade held on the south part of downtown, where it used to be a common ritual back in the early 20th century. Due to the scale of the festival, preparation begins as early as December with an election of the "zonal beauty queens" to appear in the carnival.


File:Stad de centario uruguay1930 montevideo.jpg|thumb|right|Estadio CentenarioEstadio CentenarioEstadio Centenario, the national football stadium in Parque Batlle, was opened in 1930 for the first World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. In this World Cup, Uruguay won the title game against Argentina by 4 goals to 2.BOOK, Burford, Tim, Uruguay,weblink 2010, Bradt Travel Guides, 978-1-84162-316-0, 35–36, The stadium has 70,000 seats. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums, along with Maracanã, Wembley Stadium, San Siro, Estadio Azteca, and Santiago Bernabéu A museum located within the football stadium has exhibits of memorabilia from Uruguay's 1930 and 1950 World Cup championships. Museum tickets give access to the stadium, stands, locker rooms and playing field.Between 1935 and 1938, the athletics track and the municipal velodrome were completed within Parque Batlle. The Tabaré Athletic Club is occasionally made over as a carnival theatre using impermanent materials.BOOK, Remedi, Gustavo, Carnival theatre: Uruguay's popular performers and national culture,weblink 2004, U of Minnesota Press, 0-8166-3455-6, 95, Finzer, p. 103(File:PSG rugby seven punta.JPG|thumb|left|Rugby in Montevideo)Today the vast majority of teams in the Primera División and Segunda División come from Montevideo, including Nacional, Peñarol, Central Español, Cerrito, Cerro, Danubio, Defensor Sporting, Atlético Fénix, Liverpool, Wanderers, Racing, River Plate, Club Atlético Torque and Rampla Juniors.Besides Estadio Centenario, other stadiums include Estadio Campeon del Siglo,Peñarol, Gran Parque Central, Belvedere, Complejo Rentistas, Jardines del Hipódromo, José Pedro Damiani, "La Bombonera", Luis Franzini, Luis Tróccoli and the park stadiums of Abraham Paladino, Alfredo Víctor Viera, Omar Saroldi, José Nasazzi, Osvaldo Roberto, Maracaná and Palermo.The city has a tradition as host of major international basketball tournaments including the official 1967 FIBA World Cup and the 1988 1997 and 2017 editions of the official Americas Basketball Championship.The Uruguayan Basketball League is headquartered in Montevideo and most of its teams are from the city, including Defensor Sporting, Biguá, (:es:Club Atlético Aguada|Aguada), Goes, Malvín, (:es:Club Unión Atlética|Unión Atlética), and (:es:Club Trouville|Trouville). Montevideo is also a centre of rugby; equestrianism, which regained importance in Montevideo after the Maroñas Racecourse reopened; golf, with the Club de Punta Carretas; and yachting, with the Puerto del Buceo, an ideal place to moor yachts. The Golf Club of Punta Carretas was founded in 1894 covers all the area encircled by the west side of Bulevar Artigas, the Rambla (Montevideo's promenade) and the Parque Rodó (Fun Fair).


Church and state are officially separated since 1916 in Uruguay. The religion with most followers in Montevideo is Roman Catholicism and has been so since the foundation of the city. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montevideo was created as the Apostolic Vicariate of Montevideo in 1830. The vicariate was promoted to the Diocese of Montevideo on 13 July 1878.{{CathEncy|wstitle=Archdiocese of Montevideo}} Pope Leo XIII elevated it to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese on 14 April 1897. The new archdiocese became the Metropolitan of the suffragan sees of Canelones, Florida, Maldonado–Punta del Este, Melo, Mercedes, Minas, Salto, San José de Mayo, Tacuarembó.Montevideo is the only archdiocese in Uruguay and, as its Ordinary, the archbishop is also Primate of the Catholic Church in Uruguay. The archdiocese's mother church and thus seat of its archbishop is Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción y San Felipe y Santiago. {{As of|2010}}, the current Archbishop of Montevideo is Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, SDB, since his appointment on 11 February 2014.{{Catholic-hierarchy|bishop|bstbe|Archbishop Daniel Sturla, SDB|February 11, 2014}}Other religious faiths in Montevideo are Protestantism, Umbanda, Judaism, and there are many people who define themselves as Atheists and Agnostics, while others profess "believing in God but without religion".WEB, Extended National Household Survey, 2006: Religion, Spanish, National Institute of Statistics,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2013, dmy-all,

Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral

(File:Catedralmontevideo.jpg|thumb|upright|Cathedral Interior)The Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Roman Catholic church of Montevideo. It is located in Ciudad Vieja, immediately across Constitution Square from the Cabildo. In 1740 a brick church was built on the site. In 1790, the foundation was laid for the current neoclassical structure. The church was consecrated in 1804. Bicentennial celebrations were held in 2004.In 1897, Pope Leo XIII elevated the church to Metropolitan Cathedral status. Important ceremonies are conducted under the direction of the Archbishop of Montevideo. Weddings and choral concerts are held here and the parish priest conducts the routine functions of the cathedral. In the 19th century, its precincts were also used as a burial place of famous people who died in the city. For decades, the prison and the nearby Punta Carretas parish church were the only major buildings in the neighbourhood.

Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón

(File:Iglesia Punta Carretas.JPG|thumb|right|upright|Punta Carretas Church)Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón ("Our Lady of the Sacred Heart"), also known as Iglesia Punta Carretas ("Punta Carretas Church"), was built between 1917 and 1927 in the Romanesque Revival style. The church was originally part of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, but is presently in the parish of the Ecclesiastic Curia. Its location is at the corner of Solano García and José Ellauri. It has a nave and aisles. The roof has many vaults. During the construction of the Punta Carretas Shopping complex, major cracks developed in the structure of the church as a result of differential foundation settlement.WEB,weblink Iglesia de Sagrado Corazón by anaines, 20 November 2010, Trekearth, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 20 February 2012, dmy-all,

Economy and infrastructure

As the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is the economic and political centre of the country. Most of the largest and wealthiest businesses in Uruguay have their headquarters in the city. Since the 1990s the city has undergone rapid economic development and modernization, including two of Uruguay's most important buildings—the World Trade Center Montevideo (1998),WEB,weblink Montevideo, Skyscraper Page, 19 November 2010, and Telecommunications Tower (2000), the headquarters of Uruguay's government-owned telecommunications company ANTEL, increasing the city's integration into the global marketplace.WEB,weblink Complejo Torre, ANTEL, 20 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 27 November 2010, dead, dmy-all, The Port of Montevideo, in the northern part of Ciudad Vieja, is one of the major ports of South America and plays a very important role in the city's economy.WEB,weblink Puertos de Montevideo, World Port Source, 20 November 2010, WEB,weblink Puertos Comerciales del Uruguay – Montevideo, Administracion Nacional de Puertos, 20 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 21 December 2010, dmy-all, The port has been growing rapidly and consistently at an average annual rate of 14 percent due to an increase in foreign trade. The city has received a US$20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to modernize the port, increase its size and efficiency, and enable lower maritime and river transportation costs.WEB,weblink Uruguay grts IDB financing to modernize the port of Montevideo, Inter-American Development Bank, 19 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 12 January 2013, dead, dmy-all, The most important state-owned companies headquartered in Montevideo are: AFE (railways),WEB,weblink, AFE, AFE, 24 November 2010,, 1 May 2011, dead, dmy-all, ANCAP (Energy),WEB,, ANCAP, ANCAP, 20 November 2010, Administracion Nacional de Puertos (Ports), ANTEL (telecommunications),WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 29 June 2012, ANTEL, la empresa de comunicación de los uruguayos, ANTEL, 20 November 2010, BHU (savings and loan),WEB,weblink Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay, BHU, 20 November 2010, BROU (bank),WEB,weblink BROU – Home, BROU, 20 November 2010, BSE (insurance),WEB,weblink Banco de Seguros del Estado, BSE, 20 November 2010, OSE (water & sewage),WEB,weblink OSE – Obras Sanitarias del Estado, OSE, 20 November 2010, UTE (electricity).WEB,weblink UTE : La energía de todos, UTE, 20 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 27 November 2010, dead, These companies operate under public law, using a legal entity defined in the Uruguayan Constitution called Ente Autonomo ("autonomous entity"). The government also owns part of other companies operating under private law, such as those owned wholly or partially by the CND (National Development Corporation).Banking has traditionally been one of the strongest service export sectors in Uruguay: the country was once dubbed "the Switzerland of America",WEB,weblink Uruguay is Worth a Visit, BootsnAll Travel Network, 20 November 2010, 9 October 2007, mainly for its banking sector and stability, although that stability has been threatened in the 21st century by the recent global economic climate.WEB,weblink Crisis spreads to the 'Switzerland of America'!, Revolutionary Communist Group, 20 November 2010, The largest bank in Uruguay is Banco Republica (BROU), based in Montevideo.WEB,weblink BROU sitemap, BROU, 20 November 2010, Almost 20 private banks, most of them branches of international banks, operate in the country (Banco Santander, ABN AMRO, Citibank, among others). There are also a myriad of brokers and financial-services bureaus, among them Ficus Capital, Galfin Sociedad de Bolsa, Europa Sociedad de Bolsa, Darío Cukier, GBU, Hordeñana & Asociados Sociedad de Bolsa, etc.(file:2016 Montevideo Torre del Palacio Salvo.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Palacio Salvo)


(File:04. Playa Pocitos Pano.jpg|thumb|right|Montevideo's beach on the River Plate)Tourism accounts for much of Uruguay's economy. Tourism in Montevideo is centered in the Ciudad Vieja area, which includes the city's oldest buildings, several museums, art galleries, and nightclubs, with Sarandí Street and the Mercado del Puerto being the most frequented venues of the old city.WEB,weblink La nueva Ciudad Vieja, Intendencia de Montevideo, 26 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 26 April 2011, dead, dmy-all, On the edge of Ciudad Vieja, Plaza Independencia is surrounded by many sights, including the Solís Theatre and the Palacio Salvo; the plaza also constitutes one end of 18 de Julio Avenue, the city's most important tourist destination outside of Ciudad Vieja. Apart from being a shopping street, the avenue is noted for its Art Deco buildings,WEB,weblink Art déco, Intendencia de Montevideo, 26 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 19 October 2011, dmy-all, three important public squares, the Gaucho Museum, the Palacio Municipal and many other sights. The avenue leads to the Obelisk of Montevideo; beyond that is Parque Batlle, which along with the Parque Prado is another important tourist destination.WEB,weblink El Prado, Intendencia de Montevideo, 26 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 September 2014, dmy-all, Along the coast, the Fortaleza del Cerro, the Rambla (the coastal avenue), {{convert|13|km}} of sandy beaches,WEB,weblink Costa, Intendencia de Montevideo, 26 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 25 October 2010, dead, dmy-all, and Punta Gorda attract many tourists, as do the Barrio Sur and Palermo barrios.WEB,weblink Barrios Sur y Palermo, Intendencia de Montevideo, 26 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 July 2011, dmy-all, The Ministry of Tourism offers a two-and-a-half-hour city tourWEB,weblink Montevideo City Tour, 20 November 2010, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uruguay,weblink" title="">weblink 25 October 2010, dead, dmy-all, and the Montevideo Tourist Guide Association offers guided tours in English, Italian, Portuguese and German.WEB,weblink Datos útiles / Tours, 20 November 2010, Intendencia de Montevideo,weblink" title="">weblink 29 October 2010, dead, dmy-all, Apart from these, many private companies offer organized city tours.Most tourists to the city come from Argentina, Brazil and Europe, with the number of visitors from elsewhere in Latin America and from the United States growing every year, thanks to an increasing number of international airline arrivals at Carrasco International Airport as well as luxury cruises that arrive into the port of Montevideo that often participate on The Wine Experience.


File:RadissonMontevideoVictoriaPlazaHotel.JPG|thumb|right|upright|Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza HotelRadisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza HotelMontevideo has over 50 hotels, mostly located within the downtown area or along the beachfront of the Rambla de Montevideo.The old Hotel Carrasco, established around 1930 and a landmark of luxury for decades, has been renovated by Sofitel and re-opened in March 2013.WEB,weblink Hotel Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa, 19 March 2013, The hotel has 93 rooms and 23 suites, a Spa, a large casino, restaurant, bar, library and café.Other hotels are located in colonial buildings, such as the Hotel Palacio and boutique hotels, especially away from the downtown area, retain a colonial feel. One such hotel is Belmont House (established 1995), located on the Avenida Rivera in Carrasco.WEB,weblink Home, Belmont House, 17 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 25 November 2010, dmy-all, It is set amidst gardens and has 24 rooms and suites and is served by the Restaurant Allegro.BOOK,weblink Frommer's South America, Frommer's, John Wiley and Sons, 3, 2003, 686–92, 0-471-77897-4, Shawn Blore, Alexandra de Vries, Eliot Greenspan, Haas Mroue, Michael Luongo, Charlie O'Malley, Kristina Schreck, Neil E. Schlecht,


Montevideo is the heartland of retailing in Uruguay. The city has become the principal centre of business and real estate, including many expensive buildings and modern towers for residences and offices, surrounded by extensive green spaces. In 1985, the first shopping centre in Rio de la Plata, Montevideo Shopping was built.BOOK,weblink The engineer's contribution to contemporary architecture, Remo Pedreschi, Thomas Telford, 2000, 106–112, 0-7277-2772-9, In 1994, with building of three more shopping complexes such as the Shopping Tres Cruces, Portones Shopping, and (:es:Punta Carretas Shopping|Punta Carretas Shopping), the business map of the city changed dramatically. The creation of shopping complexes brought a major change in the habits of the people of Montevideo. Global firms such as McDonald's and Burger King etc. are firmly established in Montevideo.Apart from the big shopping complexes, the main retailing venues of the city are: most of 18 de Julio Avenue in the Centro and Cordón barrios, a length of Agraciada Avenue in the Paso de Molino area of Belvedere, a length of Arenal Grande St. and the


(File:Montevideo TV.jpg|thumb|right|TV reporter in Montevideo)Out of the 100 radio stations found in Uruguay, 40 of them are in Montevideo. The city has a vibrant artistic and literary community. The press enjoyed full freedom until the advent of the Civic-military dictatorship (1973–1985); this freedom returned on 1 March 1985, as part of the restoration of democracy.Some of the important newspapers published in the city are: Brecha, La Republica, El Observador,WEB,weblink El Observador,, 29 April 2011, 16 September 2011, El País, Gaceta Comercial and La Diaria.BOOK, Geoff Crowther, Rob Rachowiecki, Krzysztof Dydyński, South America on a shoestring, 746–747, 17 November 2010,weblink Lonely Planet Publications, 1990, 0-86442-055-2, Geoff Crowther, El Día was the most prestigious paper in Uruguay, founded in 1886 by José Batlle, who would later go on to become President of Uruguay. The paper ceased production in the early 1990s.Encyclopædia Britannica All television stations have their headquarters in Montevideo, for example: Saeta Canal 10, La Tele, Montecarlo Televisión (Channel 4) and Televisión Nacional (Channel 5)


(File:Avda. Libertador, Montevideo.jpg|thumb|Libertador Avenue)The Dirección Nacional de Transporte (DNT), part of the national Ministry of Transport and Public Works, is responsible for the organization and development of Montevideo's transport infrastructure. A bus service network covers the entire city. An international bus station, the (:es:Terminal Tres Cruces|Tres Cruces Bus Terminal), is located on the lower level of the Tres Cruces Shopping Center, on the side of Artigas Boulevard. This terminal, along with the Baltazar Brum Bus Terminal (or Rio Branco Terminal) by the Port of Montevideo, handles the long distance and intercity bus routes connecting to destinations within Uruguay.Tres Cruces TerminalA.F.E.File:Estacion Central Montevideo.jpg|thumb|left| Estación Central General ArtigasEstación Central General ArtigasThe State Railways Administration of Uruguay (AFE) operates three commuter rail lines, namely the Empalme Olmos, San Jose and Florida. These lines operate to major suburban areas of Canelones, San José and Florida. Within the Montevideo city limits, local trains stop at Lorenzo Carnelli, Yatai (Step Mill), Sayago, Columbus (line to San Jose and Florida), Peñarol and Manga (line Empalme Olmos) stations. The historic 19th century General Artigas Central Station located in the neighbourhood of Aguada, six blocks from the central business district, was abandoned 1 March 2003 and remains closed.WEB,weblink Observa Ciudadano :: Montevideo – Uruguay,, 16 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 28 September 2011, dead, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Consultor ferroviario europeo visitará la Estación Central General Artigas, Sociedad Uruguaya, 16 September 2011, 11 February 2009, A new station, {{convert|500|m}} north of the old one and part of the Tower of Communications modern complex, has taken over the rail traffic.WEB,weblink Passenger Group defending Montevideo Central Station,, 16 September 2011, Carrasco International Airport {{Airport codes|MVD|SUMU}}, which serves Montevideo, is located {{convert|12|mi|km}} from the city centre. Several international airlines operate there. The airport serves over 1,500,000 passengers annually.BOOK, Blore, Shawn, Shane Christensen, Alexandra de Vries, Eliot Greenspan, Haas Mroue, Neil E. Schlecht, Kristina Schreck, Frommer's South America, 672–673, John Wiley and Sons, 2004, 978-0-7645-5625-8,weblink Carrasco International Airport {{webarchive|url= |date=30 August 2009 }} Ángel S. Adami Airport is a private airport operated by minor charter companies.

Public Transportation Statistics

The average amount of time people spend commuting with public transit in Montevideo, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 65 min. 14.% of public transit riders, ride for more than 2 hours every day. The average amount of time people wait at a stop or station for public transit is 14 min, while 18% of riders wait for over 20 minutes on average every day. The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 5.2 km, while 6% travel for over 12 km in a single direction.WEB, Montevideo Public Transportation Statistics, Global Public Transit Index by Moovit,weblink June 19, 2017, (File:CC-BY icon.svg|50px) Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


(File:stk 1340.jpg|upright=1.35|thumb|right|Port of Montevideo)The port on Montevideo Bay is one of the reasons the city was founded. It gives natural protection to ships, although two jetties now further protect the harbour entrance from waves. This natural port is competitive with the other great port of Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires.WEB,weblink Puerto de Montevideo, 17 November 2009, spanish, Infraestructura Física – Proyecto Nueva Terminal de Contenedores del Puerto de Montevideo., dead,weblink" title="">weblink 16 December 2009, dmy-all, The main engineering work on the port occurred between the years 1870 and 1930. These six decades saw the construction of the port's first wooden pier, several warehouses in La Aguada, the north and south Rambla, a river port, a new pier, the dredged river basin and the La Teja refinery. A major storm in 1923 necessitated repairs to many of the city's engineering works. Since the second half of the 20th century, until the 21st century, physical changes had ceased, and since that time the area had degraded due to national economic stagnation.The port's proximity has contributed to the installation of various industries in the area surrounding the bay, particularly import/export businesses and other business related to port and naval activity. The density of industrial development in the area surrounding the port has kept its popularity as a residential area relatively low despite its centrality. The main environmental problems are subaquatic sedimentation and air and water contamination.Every year more than one hundred cruises arrive, bringing tourists to Montevideo by public or private tours.WEB,weblink Cruise tours at Montevideo, 22 July 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 24 May 2013, dead, dmy-all,


Public education

The University of the Republic is the country's largest and most important university, with a student body of 81,774, according to the census of 2007.WEB,weblink Universidades Uruguayas, Y20 Network, 22 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 1 December 2010, dead, dmy-all, It was founded on 18 July 1849 in Montevideo, where most of its buildings and facilities are still located. Its current Rector is Dr. Rodrigo Arocena. The university houses 14 faculties (departments) and various institutes and schools. Many eminent Uruguayans have graduated from this university, including Carlos Vaz Ferreira, José Luis Massera, Gabriel Paternain, Mario Wschebor, Roman Fresnedo Siri, Carlos Ott and Eladio DiesteThe process of founding the country's public university began on 11 June 1833 with the passage of a law proposed by Senator Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga. It called for the creation of nine academic departments; the President of the Republic would pass a decree formally creating the departments once the majority of them were in operation. In 1836, the House of General Studies was formed, housing the departments of Latin, philosophy, mathematics, theology and jurisprudence. On 27 May 1838, Manuel Oribe passed a decree establishing the Greater University of the Republic.WEB,weblink Portal de la UdelaR – Historia, UdelaR, 22 November 2010, That decree had few practical effects, given the institutional instability of the Oriental Republic of the Uruguay at that time.(File:Kindergarten kids at a public school in Montevideo, Uruguay.jpg|thumb|left|Kindergarten kids at a public school in Montevideo)

Private education

The largest private university in Uruguay,WEB,weblink Presentación institucional – Universidad ORT Uruguay, Universidad ORT Uruguay, 22 November 2010, is also located in Montevideo. ORT Uruguay was first established as a non-profit organization in 1942, and was officially certified as a private university in September 1996, becoming the second private educational institution in the country to achieve that status.{{Citation needed|date=November 2010}} It is a member of World ORT, an international educational network founded in 1880 by the Jewish community in Saint Petersburg, Russia.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 29 October 2005, World ORT education charity supporting Jewish and International causes., World ORT, 22 November 2010, The university has about 8,000 students, distributed among 5 faculties and institutes, mainly geared towards the sciences and technology/engineering. Its current rector {{As of|2010|lc=y}} is Dr. Jorge A. Grünberg.The Montevideo Crandon Institute is an American School of missionary origin and the main Methodist educational institution in Uruguay. Founded in 1879 and supported by the Women's Society of the Methodist Church of the United States, it is one of the most traditional and emblematic institutions in the city inculcating John Wesley's values. Its alumni include presidents, senators, ambassadors and Nobel Prize winners, along with musicians, scientists, and others. The Montevideo Crandon Institute boasts of being the first academic institution in South America where a home economics course was taught.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 20 December 2007, Instituto Crandon, Instituto Crandon, 28 November 2010, JOURNAL, 20341657, 337–341, Fitzgerald, D. T., American Schools in Latin America, 36, 9, The Phi Delta Kappan, 1955, (File:Montevideo school play laundress.jpg|thumb|left|upright|A laundress girl in a school play in Montevideo)The Christian Brothers of Ireland Stella Maris College is a private, co-educational, not-for-profit Catholic school located in the wealthy residential southeastern neighbourhood of Carrasco. Established in 1955, it is regarded as one of the best high schools in the country, blending a rigorous curriculum with strong extracurricular activities.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 25 December 2008, Colegio Stella Maris – Historia, Colegio Stella Maris, 22 November 2010, The school's headmaster, history professor Juan Pedro Toni, is a member of the Stella Maris Board of Governors and the school is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Its long list of distinguished former pupils includes economists, engineers, architects, lawyers, politicians and even F1 champions. The school has also played an important part in the development of rugby union in Uruguay, with the creation of Old Christians Club, the school's alumni club.Also in Carrasco is The British Schools of Montevideo, one of the oldest educational institutions in the country, founded in 1908 with "the object of giving children a complete education, both intellectual and moral, based upon the ideas and principles of the best schools in The British Isles".WEB,weblink History of the School, 4 January 2017, The School is governed by the Board of Governors, elected by the British Schools Society in Uruguay, whose honorary president is the British Ambassador to Uruguay. Prominent alumni include former government ministers Pedro Bordaberry Herrán and Gabriel Gurméndez Armand-Ugon.Located in Cordon, St.Brendan´s school, previously named St.Catherine´s is a non-profit civil association, which has a solid institutional culture with a clear vision of the future. It is knowned for being one of the best schools in the country, joining students from the wealthiest parts of Montevideo, such us, Punta Carretas, Pocitos, Malvin and Carrasco.St. Brendan's School is a bilingual, non-denominational school that promotes a pedagogical constructivist approach focused on the child as a whole. In this approach, understanding is built from the connections children make between their own prior knowledge and the learning experiences, thus developing critical thinking skills. It is also the only school in the country implementing the three International Baccalaureate Programmes. These are:
  • Diploma Programme – Pre-University course for students aged 16 to 19. The Diploma Programme is a two-year curriculum.
  • MYP -Middle Years Programme. For students aged 12 to 16.
  • PYP – Primary Years Programme. For students aged 3 to 12.
Other educational institutions of note include Colegio Ingles, (:es:Instituto Preuniversitario Salesiano Juan XXIII|Instituto Preuniversitario Salesiano Juan XXIII), Lycée Français de Montevideo, Ivy Thomas, German School of Montevideo and Colegio Preuniversitario Ciudad de San Felipe.WEB,weblink Colegio y Liceo San Felipe | Preuniversitario Ciudad de San Felipe,, 16 September 2011,


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Hospital italiano de Montevideo.jpg| width1 = 205| alt1 = | caption1 = | image2 = Hc frenteop.jpg| width2 = 180| alt2 = | caption2 = | footer = Left: Hospital Italiano de Montevideo. Right: Dr. Manuel Quintela Clinics Hospital}}In Montevideo, as elsewhere in the country, there are both public and private health services. In both sectors, medical services are provided by polyclinics and hospitals or sanatorios. The term hospital is used here for both outpatient and inpatient facilities, while sanatorio is used for private short- and long-term facilities for the treatment of illnesses.

Public hospitals

Hospital de Clínicas "Dr. Manuel Quintela" is a University Hospital attached to the University of the Republic, and is located on Avenida Italia. It functions as an adult general polyclinic and hospital. The building was designed by architect Carlos Surraco in 1928–1929 and has a surface area of {{convert|110000|sqm|sqft}} on 23 floors. The hospital was inaugurated 21 September 1953. For many years it was led by Dr. Hugo Villar, who was a considerable influence on the institution.Hospital Maciel is one of the oldest hospitals in Uruguay and stands on the block bounded by the streets Maciel, 25 de Mayo, Guaraní and Washington, with the main entrance at 25 de Mayo, 172. The land was originally donated in Spanish colonial times by philanthropist Francisco Antonio Maciel, who teamed up with Mateo Vidal to establish a hospital and charity. The first building was constructed between 1781 and 1788 and later expanded upon. The present building stems from the 1825 plans of José Toribio (son of (:es:Tomás Toribio|Tomás Toribio)) and later Bernardo Poncini (wing on the Guaraní street, 1859), Eduardo Canstatt (corner of Guaraní and 25 de Mayo) and Julián Masquelez (1889).HOSPITAL MACIEL (Ex Hospital de San José y La Caridad) The hospital has a chapel built in Greek style by Miguel Estévez in 1798.Capilla de la CaridadHospital Pereira Rossell was founded in 1908 and was built on land donated in late 1900 by Alexis Rossell y Rius and Dolores Pereira de Rossell.Sello conmemorativo de los 100 años del Centro Hospitalario Pereira Rossell It was the city's first pediatric hospital, and shortly afterwards the addition of an obstetric and gynaecological clinic in 1915 made it the first maternity hospital as well. Later, the hospital received a donation from Dr. Enrique Pouey for a radiotherapy unit.Hospital Vilardebó is the only psychiatric hospital in Montevideo. Named after the physician and naturalist (:es:Teodoro Vilardebó|Teodoro Vilardebó Matuliche), it opened 21 May 1880.Beatriz Pasturino y col. Estudio sobre suicidios consumados. Población usuaria del Hospital Vilardebó {{Webarchive|url= |date=30 April 2011 }} (en español). Rev. Psiquiatr. Urug. 2004;68(2):147–161. Last access 25 January 2010. The hospital was originally one of the best of Latin America and in 1915 grew to 1,500 inpatients. Today the hospital is very deteriorated, with broken walls and floors, lack of medicines, beds, and rooms for the personnel.WEB,weblink Leonardo Danovich denuncia grave situación que atraviesa el Hospital Vilardebó, Radio Centenario 1250 AM, Spanish, 19 November 2010, It has an emergency service, outpatient, clinic and inpatient rooms and employs approximately 610 staff, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, administrators, guards, among others.JOURNAL, Ricardo Acuña,weblink Servicio de Emergencia del Hospital Vilardebó, Spanish, Rev Psiquiatr Urug, 2004, 68, 2, 194–207, 19 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2011, dead, The average patient age is 30 years; more than half of the patients arrive by court order; 42% suffer from schizophrenia, 18% from depression and mania,WEB,weblink Autoridades practican modificaciones en el Vilardebó, Presidencia, República Oriental del Uruguay, Spanish, 19 November 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 January 2010, dmy-all, and there are also a high percentage of drug addicted patients.Other public polyclinics and hospitals of note include the Hospital Saint Bois, founded 18 November 1928, which consists of a General Hospital and Eye Hospital; the Pasteur Hospital in La Unión neighbourhood; the Hospital Español, which was founded in 1886, passed to the private sector in the 20th century, closed in 2004 and was restored and reinaugurated in 2007 as the municipal Juan Jose Crottogini Polyclinic;WEB,weblink Inauguración de nuevo CTI alivia falta de camas intensivas en ASSE, 12 December 2008, La Republica 21, 14 December 2010, WEB,weblink Policlínica Municipal Dr. Juan Jose Crottogini, Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, 14 December 2010, the National Cancer Institute; and the National Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics.

Private healthcare

Private healthcare is offered by many private health insurance companies, each of which has one or more polyclinics and owns or is associated with one or more hospitals. Private medical facilities of note include the Hospital Británico, the Italian Hospital of Montevideo, Mutualista CASMU's Sanatoria I, II, III and IV, the Evangelical Hospital, (:es:Médica Uruguaya|Médica Uruguaya), Sanatorio de la Asociación Española, Sanatorios del Círculo Católico, Sanatorio Casa de Galicia and Sanatorio GREMCA.

International relations

{{See also|List of twin towns and sister cities in South America}}

Twin towns and sister cities

Montevideo is twinned with:{{div col|colwidth=22em}}

, Montevideo y París firman acuerdo de hermanamiento
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, Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo
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, {{div col end}}Montevideo is part of the Union of Ibero-American Capital CitiesWEB,weblink Declaración de Hermanamiento múltiple y solidario de todas las Capitales de Iberoamérica (12-10-82), 12 October 1982, 2015-03-12, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 May 2013, dmy-all, since 12 October 1982.

See also




{{See also|Timeline of Montevideo#Bibliography|l1=Bibliography of the history of Montevideo}}
  • Albes, Edward. Montevideo, the city of roses (US Government Printing Office, 1922) online
  • BOOK, Finzer, R David, The Southron's Guide to Living in Uruguay,weblink The Southron, 982-9801-31-4,

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