Six Mounts from the Sea - Montevideo, Uruguay
Updated: Mar 16
Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is located at the southern tip of the country and due east of Buenos Aires, Argentina (where we will be going tomorrow). Montevideo enjoys a scenic setting on the estuary waters of the Plata River. The Portuguese were the first to settle here, seeking a strategic advantage near open ocean. But Spain, already having established Buenos Aires nearby, expelled them in 1724, but it was not until Jose de San Marin’s arrival on the scene that Uruguay became independent from Spain in 1811. But 1724 was really beginning of the golden era of Montevideo’s Old City, much of which can still be seen today. Within its walls, some of the most impressive colonial-era buildings were built, from the parliamentary Legislative
Council building to the stunning Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. The wall has long since disappeared, but the character of old Montevideo remains, often looking more like a city in Europe than in South America. Downtown, amid modern skyscrapers, historic neoclassical and art deco architecture provide more glimpses into the city’s past.
Now you may wonder where the name Montevideo come from. Sounds pretty exotic, doesn’t it? It must mean something fairly significant. Well, in fact, there are various small hills along the northern shore of the Plata River where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. (CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE AND SCROOL)