Punta Del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay Photos
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This gallery features photos of Punta Del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Punta Del Este and Carlos Paez Vilaro's Atelier in Casapueblo
Photos capture the vibrant beach areas of Punta Del Este including the famous hand in the sand and other unusual sites. La Mano (The Hand) is a sculpture in Punta del Este by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal. It depicts five human fingers partially emerging from sand and is located on Parada 1 at Brava Beach in Punta del Este, a popular tourist town in Uruguay.
The Punta Del Este skyline is featured as well showing beach homes, a lighthouse and more. All shot off shore from the Azamara Pursuit.
Puente Lionel Viera-1965
Puente ondulante, Is Puente Leonel Viera a bridge and is it a roller coaster. You can cross the Maldonado River between Punta del Este and La Barra on it, so that makes it a bridge, right? Many who cross, though, do so at high speed to produce the stomach-dropping feeling you get when you catch "big air" at the humps, so that makes it a roller coaster, right? The bridge was built in 1965 by Viera, who had no experience in engineering or architecture. He was the first to design a bridge like this, a "stressed ribbon bridge," essentially a suspension bridge but with the suspension cables INSIDE the bridge itself. Viera created what is now the Punta del Este-to-La Barra span. A second span, now carrying traffic from La Barra to Punta del Este, was added in 1998. linking the cities of Punta del Este and La Barra across the Maldonado River. This road takes you to Casapueblo. La Barra is a resort in the Maldonado Department of southeastern Uruguay.
Casapueblo, the home and atelier of the renowned artist, Carlos Paez Vilaró. Uniquely designed, it sits on a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean and has narrow steps leading to a maze of rooms filled with the artist's work. Opened in 1960, Casapueblo is a building constructed by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. It is located in Punta Ballena, 13 kilometres from Punta del Este, Uruguay. It was originally a summer house and workshop of the artist. It now houses a museum featuring his art and a hotel resort complete with gym, pool and spa.
Carnival at the Solís Theatre
We go into the heart of Montevideo for an evening of fun-filled Carnival insanity at the Solis Theatre. This grand showplace dates back to 1842 and has been lovingly restored to its initial glory. Marvel as the God of Jokes himself, Momus, fills the room with hearty laughter setting the stage for a celebration that's all about appreciating life. Watch as the tale of the first Carnival plays out before your eyes. Cheer as dancers in vibrant costumes put on an incredible performance, eventually venturing into the crowd to invite you to show off your own moves. Just when you think the party is over, rhythmic drums lead you out under the stars where your evening comes to its flamboyant conclusion. Our photos give you a flavor of the festivities. The Carnival in Montevideo is considered the world's longest running (40 days) carnival with practice starting in November and parades in December going into February. Carnival celebrates the abolition of slavery in Uruguay and at the same time is heavily related to global harvest celebrations as well as social, individual, and collective freedom. It is also somewhat entangled with Christian celebrations such as Christmas and Holy Week. It features Candombe, a street performance featuring bands of drummers and dancers that practice all year round with ever-increasing fervor. At the back of the troupe is the group of drummers called cuerda de tambores, who walk in a square formation playing different rhythms. The photos displayed in this gallery were shot at the Solis Theater special carnival performance for the Azamara Pursuit on March 4, 2020.
Photos capture the flavor of the old city including areas around Montevideo's famous squares, monuments, and down its charming pedestrian streets. Unique street art and murals in the areas near Independence Square, Matriz Square, and Zabala Square are featured. Some very unique buildings and scenes not found in the typical tourist sites are displayed here. Example- a Parrillas (barbeque grill) cooking mouth watering meats over red hot coals, a gaucho painting,
Montevideo street art and murals
Petrona Viera Mural
Petrona Viera (March 24, 1895 – October 4, 1960) was a Uruguayan painter. María Petrona Viera Garino, commonly known as Petrona Viera, was an Uruguayan painter known for being the first female professional painter in Uruguay and for her participation in the Planismo movement. Her mural and others are located at Plazoleta Zelmar Michelini y Hector Gutierrez Ruiz. This small park across from Palacio Legislativo honors assassinated Uruguayan political figures Zelmar Michelini and Hector Gutierrez Ruiz. It includes a playground and a wall mural honoring six Uruguayan cultural figures. Part of a Cultural corridor. Artists José Gallino and Min8, who created a "cultural corridor" there that will pay tribute to Uruguayan culture through the images of music referents such as Alfredo Zitarrosa and Amalia de la Vega, of poetry such as Juana by Ibarbourou and Mario Benedetti, and by painting such as Petrona Viera and Joaquín Torres García.
Torres Garcia Museum- mural
The junction of Sarandí and Bacacay, is a reproduction of his mural, Pax in Lucem. Torres García is probably the most famous Uruguayan plastic artist, and the "Pax in Lucem" one of his best known picures. Joaquín Torres García
Others include a women's right and a Diego Aduana mural.
Ciudad Vieja- Montevideo Old Town- or historic center
Ciudad Vieja is the oldest part of Montevideo and one of the most popular tourist destinations. It's not hard to see why. Though small and compacted into an area of 8 x 14 city blocks, these blocks are full of beautiful old architecture that lend Ciudad Vieja its character.
Gomez Palace of Montevideo
A unique Ciudad Vieja building featured in this gallery, but rarely mentioned in tourist books and maps is the Gomez Palace of Montevideo. This building features distinctive iron grill work and stone spires and facade decorations. It was built in 1874 and houses Biblioteca José Artigas. This library is affiliated with Junta Departamental de Montevideo (view map) . The collection of the library contains 25,000 volumes. Besides the library, the building houses city government. The Montevideo Departmental Board is the body that exercises the legislative power of the Montevideo city.
Fortaleza del Cerro-1st settlement
This fort is located on the highest hill in Montevideo. It was built in the 19th century to protect the population and the port. Today, it’s a popular destination for enjoying the beautiful view over the city and to learn more about Montevideo’s history. The area is great for daytime viewing, though many would advise visitors to keep their street smarts about them at night. Rampla Juniors Olympic Stadium- The stadium holds 9,500 people and was built in 1923. It is the home stadium of Rampla Juniors football club.