When approaching Montevideo by ferry from Argentina, the first sight that greets your eye is Palacio Salvo. I have raved about this building before, and now that I am spending some extended time in Uruguay, one of my first tasks was to check out this whimsically magnificent gothic and art deco stunner yet again. One cannot help but stare up at the tower during a walk through Montevideo. Sure, it’s fading and could use a facelift, but the Palacio Salvo’s unique architecture and reminder of Uruguay’s past economic might—and recent resurgence—says much about this small yet dynamic country. It is my personal symbol of my past and current travel within Uruguay.

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Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay, art deco, travel, architecture, gothic

Now Palacio Salvo is a mix of residences and offices

 

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay, art deco, travel, architecture, gothic

Blue skies and palm trees add to the art deco charm

 

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay, art deco, travel, architecture, gothic

Monument honoring the country's follower Gen. Artigas in the foreground

 

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay, art deco, travel, architecture, gothic

Columns at street level

 

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay, art deco, travel, architecture, gothic

This is often the first sight you notice when arriving via boat

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.