Palacio Legislativo Adds Gravitas to Bohemian Montevideo
Montevideo is one of my most favorite cities, mostly because it is the un-capitol. Rustic, bohemian and friendly, my travel experiences in Montevideo felt more like a visit to a quaint provincial outpost than a center of government power. Masterpieces of architecture such as the Palacio Salvo stand tall over the city’s neoclassical, post-modern, mid-century and occasional art deco treasures. And then there is the home of the country’s parliament. The Palacio Legislativo stands tall about three kilometers from the city center. With Italian architect Vittorio Meano leading its construction, it took over 20 years for Palacio Legislativo to reach its completion in 1925. Intricate reliefs on the outside and stunning sculptures inside reflect the country’s might in the early 20th century. And as Uruguay’s economy strengthens due in part to its resilient farming sector, this stellar temple of democracy shines in a country that despite setbacks and hiccups, still embodies a country that is a symbol of hope in the Americas.
Photos courtesy Leon Kaye