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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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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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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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Currently, an entrance ticket to Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela) costs USD 24.62. Guided Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela) tours start around USD 24.62 per person. See all 2 Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela) tickets and tours on Viator.
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