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Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia)

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Separating Montevideo’s Old Town and downtown areas, this popular plaza in Montevideo is thought to be the city’s most important, especially since buildings like the country’s oldest theater, the Solis Theatre, and the President of Uruguay’s workplaces, Estevez Palace and the Executive Tower reside here. One very interesting site to see is the 56-foot statue of Jose Gervasio Artigas riding a horse. Artigas was a soldier who fought for equality and democracy and later became Uruguay’s national hero. Underground are Artigas’ remains, which are guarded 24-hours a day.

A trip to Plaza Independencia will allow you to visit his mausoleum, which is open to the public, and give you the chance to read interesting information about his life, printed on the surrounding walls. The mausoleum is located in the center of the square, under the monument, and is open Monday from 12pm to 6pm and Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

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