33 Facts About Montevideo


Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Rio de la Plata.

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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.

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Montevideo hosted every match during the first FIFA World Cup, in 1930.

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Until the end of the 18th century, Montevideo remained a fortified area, today known as Ciudad Vieja.

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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.

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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.

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Uruguay began to stagnate economically in the mid-1950s; Montevideo began a decline, later exacerbated by widespread social and political violence beginning in 1968 and by the Civic-military dictatorship of Uruguay .

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Montevideo held a large mass in Tres Cruces, declaring the cross located behind the altar as a monument.

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Montevideo has consistently been rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America: by 2015 it held this rank every year during the decade through 2014.

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Montevideo is situated on the north shore of the Rio 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 230 kilometers west on the Argentine side.

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World Trade Center Montevideo officially opened in 1998, but work was completed in 2009.

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The British Cemetery Montevideo is another of the oldest cemeteries in Uruguay, located in the Buceo neighborhood.

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Intendancy of Montevideo was first created by a legal act of 18 December 1908.

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Since 1990, Montevideo has been partially decentralized into 18 areas; administration and services for each area is provided by its Zonal Community Center, which is subordinate to the Intendancy of Montevideo.

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In recent years Montevideo nightlife has moved to Parque Rodo, where a large concentration of buildings cater for the recreational interests of young people during the night time.

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Montevideo has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the area of Literature since December 2015.

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Montevideo has a very rich architectural heritage and an impressive number of writers, artists, and musicians.

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Montevideo playwrights produce dozens of works each year; of major note are Mauricio Rosencof, Ana Magnabosco and Ricardo Prieto.

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Montevideo was then called the "Atenas del Plata" or the "Athens of the Rio de la Plata".

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Montevideo has a variety of restaurants, from traditional Uruguayan cuisine to Japanese cuisine.

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Montevideo has important museums including Museo Torres Garcia, Museo Jose Gurvich, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales and Museo Juan Manuel Blanes etc.

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Montevideo Cabildo was the seat of government during the colonial times of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata.

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Montevideo's set up the Garcia 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.

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The Centro de Fotografia de Montevideo is a museum, archive, and gallery for historic and contemporary photography with twelve outdoor exhibition spaces in various Montevideo neighborhoods as well as four galleries in its downtown headquarters.

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Today the vast majority of teams in the Primera Division and Segunda Division come from Montevideo, including Nacional, Penarol, Central Espanol, Cerrito, Cerro, Danubio, Defensor Sporting, Atletico Fenix, Liverpool, Wanderers, Racing, River Plate, Club Atletico Torque and Rampla Juniors.

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Montevideo is a center of rugby; equestrianism, which regained importance in Montevideo after the Maronas Racecourse reopened; golf, with the Club de Punta Carretas; and yachting, with the Puerto del Buceo, an ideal place to moor yachts.

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Religion with most followers in Montevideo is Roman Catholicism and has been so since the foundation of the city.

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montevideo was created as the Apostolic Vicariate of Montevideo in 1830.

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Montevideo is the only archdiocese in Uruguay and, as its Ordinary, the archbishop is Primate of the Catholic Church in Uruguay.

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Tourism in Montevideo is centered in the Ciudad Vieja area, which includes the city's oldest buildings, several museums, art galleries, and nightclubs, with Sarandi Street and the Mercado del Puerto being the most frequented venues of the old city.

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Montevideo is served by a ferry system operated by the company Buquebus that connects the port with Buenos Aires.

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Montevideo Crandon Institute is an American School of missionary origin and the main Methodist educational institution in Uruguay.

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Montevideo is part of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities since 12 October 1982.

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