Parks, Monuments, Statues and Sculptures – Oh My!

Uruguay loves its statues, sculptures and almost any style of artwork. You can see the European influence in the buildings and its flair in the bronze busts found inside buildings and churches. Every corner you turn, almost every intersection you come to has a bust, or a huge statue, men on horseback seem to be everywhere, cherubs, dragons, warriors dressed in battle gear, beautiful women. If you love this art style, Montevideo is packed with it.

The most well-known of these statues is located in Independence Square and it sits above the mausoleum of General Jose Artigas.  Yes, the General is buried under this statue, and you can go in to take a look.

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The statue of Confucius in Rodo Park sits watching over the water on the rambla. The surrounding were just so peaceful I had to include it here.

montevideo-2-1-1a montevideo-2-1-1As you can see Uruguayans love their parks almost as much as they love their statues.  All we have seen have plenty of benches, shade trees, walking trails but don’t be afraid walking on the grass is not a problem here.montevideo-1-31-8I cannot tell you where the above statue is located except it is in or near Cuidad Vieja, just in one of the small parks we passed.

montevideo-2-7-33montevideo-2-7-32montevideo-2-7-31montevideo-2-7-30The four pictures above are all located in the plaza outside the World Trade Center.

montevideo-2-7-26This mighty man is located in a small park on Rivera, in Pocito.

montevideo-2-7-23montevideo-2-7-20The above two are also located in the plaza outside of the World Trade Center.

montevideo-2-12-36Another park, another statue.

montevideo-2-9-12 montevideo-2-9-11 montevideo-2-9-10This masterpiece Monumento La Carreta is located in Parque Batlle and it symbolizes the immigrants that came to this county and settled it.

montevideo-2-9-16 montevideo-2-9-15This very tall obelisk called Obelisco a los Constituyentes is located in the middle of an intersection near Av 18 de Junio and Artigas, just another example of how much art, statues and sculptures are appreciated in Uruguay.

montevideo-2-9-20aEvery day is another adventure in this beautiful city.  I love how much time and effort the government gives to the green areas, its parks, playgrounds and just how clean the city is kept. There is a great statue at the beachside entrance to Buceo or Malvin up past us we are itching to go see called greetingman. A Korean artist places these in different parts of the world and it looks so friendly and welcoming, just beckoning you in.  More on that when we can walk there and take some pics!

montevideo-2-23-6montevideo-2-23-7I guess you can see that Montevideo has great love for art and parks and playgrounds.  The rambla (we would call it a boardwalk if you have been to Jersey) runs for miles in the coastal cities.  It is a wide walkway right on the water.  Walkers, runners, bikers and folks just strolling along have a beautiful view of the water, great breezes and many benches to stop for a little break.

6 thoughts on “Parks, Monuments, Statues and Sculptures – Oh My!

  1. Nancy, how friendly are the people and what about transportation.? Do you have problems with money exchange? Do you feel safe there? Do you like it as well as you did Ecuador? It looks beautiful.

    • Hi Maryanne, People are more friendly compared to what we had read before we got here. Example trying to explain what I wanted to a clerk several times folks have just started to explain in English what the sales person was saying. Old, Young, everyone has been open, smiling, helpful. So many people speak English, we have gone on our own to sign up for medical insurance, buy a phone, make copies and laminate our cedulas, bought clothing, ordered food, purchases spices, honestly English is spoken here. Have no complains about the people at all. Transportation here in Montevideo there are buses all day and evening…coming and going 30 peso, they look clean, safe and never anyone standing. We have been taking taxi’s they all have meters and the fairs are reasonable not as cheap as Ecuador but gas is not subsidized here. They also have Uber but I am not that great with my new phone to order Uber..ha ha Money – the exchange is finally sinking in, we have been here a month and for me I think I am doing great. Take the Peso number and divide by 28… I do cheat and look at Joe most of the time but I am getting it. To exchange money there are exchange houses on every corner and in the mall, easy to exchange. I have not attempted to get money out of an ATM that is our next step, we have been using our VISA cards for most everything. Safety – yes, but honestly I was never fearful in Ecuador either. I was never keen on Guayaquil but we were always very cautious when we visited. We have walked all around Montevideo only once at night to go to the free concert on the beach which was about a 10 minute walk from our apartment and have not felt threatened in any way. I loved Ecuador, I think I could love Uruguay as much. I like it here in the apartment which is really not my style of living, early March we will be going to Atlantida for almost a week to look for rental houses and check out the area. I will post what we see and how we think we will fit in there…Nancy

    • Hi Deb, Weather should be low in the 40’s to high in 60’s. It is going to be cold for all of us, pack accordingly with layers you can take off as the day gets warmer. Yes, according to what Joe has read you can take a bus to Colonia and there a ferry across to Buenos Aires. Or fly…We are talking about taking a bus trip over to Punta del Esta after carnaval…it should be quieter. We are going to Atlantida early March to look for a house to rent long term. Too expensive in season to bother to look. We have pretty much finished up with business here in Montevideo. Have our insurance, cedulas, now for something more permanent to live in.

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