Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is a very cosmopolitan city - the result of successive European migrations. With 1.5 million inhabitants, the city lies along a beautiful beachfront.
Landmarks include the Cerro (hill) for which Montevideo (from the Portuguese Monte vide eu, which means "I see a hill") is named, the mausoleum of Jose Gervasio Artigas - the Uruguayan national hero, the Cabildo - formerly the seat of the national legislature, and an ornate cathedral (1790-1804).
The University of the Republic (1849), the Institute of Higher Studies (1928), the National Historical Museum (1900), and the National Museum of Fine Arts (1911) are also located in Montevideo.
Enjoy Montevideo's Rambla (seaside walk), beaches, El Cerro, shopping centers, the "Centenario" Stadium, and restaurants (Parrilladas). The charm of Montevideo and its people will make you feel welcome.
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