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Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela)
Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela)

Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela) Tours and Activities

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Although Montevideo was once a fortified city with majestic walls and a grand stone entrance, the colonial citadel was demolished in 1829. All that remains today is the stone gate, called the Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela).

The fortifications serve as a key example of Spanish military architecture in South America. Construction started around the mid-1700s and took more than 40 years to finish. The walls of the citadel were constructed with 19.6-foot-thick (6-meter-thick) granite and once housed 50 cannons. There were four bastions, which held artillery fortifications, and originally, there was a large, deep moat. It wasn’t until 1829, four years after the country’s declaration of independence, that a decision was made to tear down the fortifications, and the city was then able to expand. The demolition of Montevideo’s fortified walls made room for Plaza Independencia, or Independence Square.

The Gateway of the Citadel was dismantled and rebuilt by the School of Arts and Crafts in its original location in 1959. The fortified section of Montevideo was called Ciudad Vieja, while the expansion project was dubbed Ciudad Nueva.

Today, Ciudad Vieja is considered by many to be the nightlife area of Montevideo. It also hosts the Port Market, which is a great spot to try traditional Uruguayan food and drinks. Despite its popularity as a nightlife area, the most beautiful and historic colonial buildings are found here.

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Pose in Curious Photo Tour in Old City with Multilingual Languageguide

Pose in Curious Photo Tour in Old City with Multilingual Languageguide

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POST ON CULTURAL PHOTOGRAPH TOUR BY THE OLD CITY + TOURIST AUDIOGUIDE. Alone, in love, friends or family ... Follow me on my photo tour and know many stories with my original Audioguide, I will take MANY photos, posing in incredible places of the Old City and you can even get to know places as we move without stopping in them. We will make stops to take many photographs, you will be posing in different emblematic places of the city (more than 30 tourist and another not so much being hidden), in less than 2 hours, you will have been in as many places as possible, my intention is that you can be professionally portrayed in places and the way you could never do it on your own. In addition they will not only be photographs as you can take, they will be photos with professional edition and post-production as if you were a professional model. It doesn't matter your age, your physical appearance or your ease of posing in front of a camera. IMPORTANT: - We will always be small groups, the photos are private, they will never be mixed with other people in the group. - The delivery of all the photos are unlimited, whether 50, 100 or 200 are within the rate, there will be no payments or extra costs ever. FREE. You can download our APP Audioguide for our tour in your language, which will be a fundamental factor for the activity and enrich knowledge while we move around the city. To download, I will send you the link with the guide for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. - I will use my Nikon Camera with Tripode in necessary places, where I will use for photo shoots, there will be no need for selfies! - PROFESSIONAL EDITION to the photos, without a doubt they will make you look like a professional model without selfies, these will be delivered in the next days in your mail. I am a landscape photographer, I have long dedicated myself to photo reporting and portrait photography. In another of my qualities, I can emphasize that I like to travel around the city and do what I know and like, that the visitor takes the photographic record forever where he does not access with agencies. What is the difference, of a selfie in a tourist place, with a common cell phone? Simple, not only will you have a photograph, but it will have the professional edition and I will deliver unlimited photos, making not only that the image is taken in the most emblematic places, but I will also turn you into a professional model without being it.
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Private Walking Tour in Montevideo

Private Walking Tour in Montevideo

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Explore the history of the city of Montevideo. We've taken care to provide a safe and fun experience for everyone. This is an extraordinary city, and the tour reflects its idiosyncracies. Uncover the mysteries and charm of the old city with us.
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Guided Montevideo Walking Tour

Guided Montevideo Walking Tour

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Hi there! We are the first Free Walking Tour of Uruguay and we want to invite you to be part of our fun and informative tour of Montevideo. We are a local company who are in love with the city and we want to show you the best in the best way, walking! Our main tour is a walk of approximately 2.30 hours, through the Old City of the capital. There you will know the most important details of our history, culture and society.
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Tourist Bus Montevideo Hop On - Hop Off

Tourist Bus Montevideo Hop On - Hop Off

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Tourist Bus "Discover Montevideo" is the only Hop On - Hop Off of the city. Its modality allows you to make a tour of two hours, visiting the great attractions of the city, and gives you the opportunity to descend in those that you would like to know a little more, then go back up and continue with the tour. The tour and the audio guide were carefully programmed so that you get to know our city as if it were yours. Every corner of Montevideo has a secret to tell, it is our goal that you can, together with us, go revealing them.
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