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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)

Sarandi Street, Montevideo, Uruguay

The Basics

The Gateway of the Citadel stands at the outer edge of Independence Square, next to a statue of José Gervasio Artigas, the founding father of Uruguay. Hear the history of founding of the city and the gateway during a guided sightseeing tour, driving around the city to learn about the Old City’s historic buildings and plazas, and top landmarks such as Parliament Palace, before venturing out to Montevideo’s elegant residential neighborhoods and beaches.

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Private Walking Tour in Montevideo
Private Walking Tour in Montevideo
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$101.54 per adult
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The interesting conversation with Carlos.
This was one of the most joyful experience. Our guide, Carlos A. Franco Ruiz is very knowledgeable and interesting. He showed us aside from the regular sites, all these interesting places that are off the beaten track. All of us enjoyed his company and knowledge. Thanks Carlos.
Melody_L, Mar 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gateway of the Citadel is an ideal spot for history buffs and anyone looking for a relaxing park for picnics and people-watching.
  • At the center of Independence Square is a mausoleum with the remains of José Gervasio Artigas.
  • Explore the plentiful nightlife options in Old City, as well as the Port Market, a 19th-century market building filled with restaurants and bars.
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How to Get There

The Gateway is located on the west side of Independence Square, easy walking distance from any part of Montevideo’s Old Town. Major attractions such as Constitution Plaza, Torres Garcia's Museum, Museum Government House, and Museum of Tango are within a few blocks.

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When to Get There

The Gateway is a pleasant meeting place any time of the day into the early morning hours when revelers leave the Old City bars to make their way home. Since no cars are allowed in the Independence Square area, you’ll find admiring the gateway up close and taking a photo easy to do.

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Wildcard

Palacio Taranco Bridging the Old City of the Gateway era and the modern New City is Palacio Taranco, a mansion designed in a French style fashionable at the turn of the 20th century. The former home of one of the city’s most affluent families now houses the Museum of Decorative Arts (Museo de Artes Decorativas), with rooms are filled with marble imported from France, period furniture, and portrait paintings of Velazquez, Goya, Ribera, among others. Live jazz performances are frequent and admission is free.

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