Montevideo, Uruguay

February 19, 2009





The tall building on the left is Torre Antel , headquarters of the national telecommunications company.
The tall building on the right is Palacio Salvo.


Montevideo, Uruguay Wikipedia article

How Montevideo was named

I have heard two versions on how Montevideo was named.

The first version is that when Magellan saw the area he exclaimed "Montevideo".

The second version was given by the tour guide and by Carnival. The original navigation charts and maps listed landmarks. Mountains were numbered sequentially from east to west. Montevideo is the sixth mountain from east to west. The roman numeral for 6 is vi. In Spanish and Portugese, from is de, east is este, and west is oeste. So, mountain (monte) 6 (vi) from (de) east (este) to west (oeste) becomes Montevideo.

Surpsisingly, I have not been able to find confirmation on the Internet for either of these stories. The second version is much more unique and interesting, so I am going with that until it is proved wrong.



Montevideo Cathedral
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Plaza in Montevideo
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Pedestrian street in Montevideo
Pedestrian street in Montevideo
Montevideo Old City Gate
Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia Wikipedia article
Presidential offices - Estevez Palace (center) and Executive Tower (left)

Estevez Palace Wikipedia article

Executive tower Wikipedia article
Artigas Mausoleum

The ashes of Artigas are in a mausoleum below the monument with a ceremonial guard.

Artigas Mausoleum Wikipedia article
Artigas Mausoleum and Palacio Salvo

Palacio Salvo Wikipedia article
Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
Montevideo waterfront

Note shadow of motorcycle policeman in lower right corner.

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Lunch stop at La Vaca (the cow) Parrillia (grill)
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Palacio Salvo is the tall building in the center.
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Torre Antel is the tall building in the center.

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