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Nestled between the continent's two giants, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America.
More than half of the nation's population of three million reside in the capital of Montevideo, located at Uruguay's southernmost point on the Rio de la Plata. (River Plate). Crown Princess entered the river in the wee hours of the morning, arriving at the port at 07:00 AM.
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Plaza Independencia (Spanish for Independence Square) is the name of Montevideo's most important plaza. This was our first stop during our city tour of Montevideo. The Artigas Mausoleum, a monument to Uruguayan hero José Artigas, is the focal point of the plaza.
Many important buildings, such as the Solís Theatre and the workplaces of the President of Uruguay (both the Estévez Palace and the Executive Tower) are located by this square.
The sun was in the perfect location to produce a halo around the top of Salvo Palace.
Montevideo's Soccer Museum is located in Centenario Soccer Stadium. The stadium was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums. On July 18, 1983, it was declared by FIFA as the only historical monument of World Football, the only building of its kind (worldwide).
The next stop on our excursion was a guided tour through the graceful Legislative Palace, the site where the Uruguayan parliament meets, is considered one of the three most beautiful legislative buildings in the world. The building's interior is covered with marble.
Our excursion concluded with a scenic drive along the seaside La Rambla to take in the beauty of Montevideo's breathtaking beaches prior to returning to our ship in the harbor.
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Centenario Soccer Stadium
Montevideo City Tour