Plaza Independencia Montevideo Uruguay is the place we always got off when taking the public buses around to get to Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) Montevideo where my Spanish school was. This plaza separates Ciudad Vieja from the downtown area of Montevideo.
There are a few important buildings and sites at Plaza Independencia. One is in the center, a monument of José Artigas called Artigas Mausoleum.
If you walk downstairs, underground are his remains. I was walking down with my mom and brother and had no idea what was down there. I was talking really loudly it seemed because when we got down there, it was super quite in this big room with 2 guards standing there just staring straight.
I automatically started whispering instead and we walked around the entire room. On the walls are important dates in 3D type letters.
When you enter Plaza Independencia, on the left side of the plaza is the presidential building called Torre Ejecutiva or Executive Tower. The president apparently works in there. You can go into the building to the front of the first floor where there’s a guestbook and a sculpture of horses. It’s a small area because to get into the building you’d have to go through a scan your bags kind of security.
Also in Plaza Independencia is the iconic building (pictured above) called Palacio Salvo. It’s actually an apartment building.
And lastly, towards the end of the plaza is the gate called Ciudadela separating Ciudad Vieja from downtown Montevideo. I can’t count how many times I’ve walked past this or through it since we’ve been in Uruguay for 2 months.
Since buses can’t go into Ciudad Vieja, Plaza Independencia is the last stop. People are constantly walking through the plaza to get Ciudad Vieja or from Ciudad Vieja to downtown and there are several benches to sit and people watch or drink mate.