Nation's capital and largest city in Uruguay - 1.5 million - Montevideo is one of the coolest cities in South America, renowned for its architecture, spruced-up old quarters and a vibrant, rich cultural life.
It was founded in 1726 by Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, governor of Buenos Aires, to counteract the Portuguese advance into the area from Brazil.
For much of its early history, the city consisted of what is now known as the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), still noted for its narrow streets and mix of elegant colonial and art deco architecture, influenced by Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and British immigrants.
Today it has an area of 530 square kilometres (200 sq mi) and extends 20 kilometres (12 mi) from west to east, being the southernmost cosmopolitan capital city in the Americas and third most southerly in the world. Located on the northern bank of the Rio de la Plata (River Plate), it lies almost directly across the river from Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital.
This eclectic place, former trans-Atlantica slave port, mainly populated by Spanish and Italian descendants, it's also home to a very vibrant Afro-Uruguayan community, that comes to the very fore when Montevideo carnival takes place from middle January to March every year, making it the longest of its type in the world - over 40 days.
Through Montevideo Photo Gallery we attempt to bring you some visual insight about what to expect when you get there, splits seconds frozen in time showing you some of the many faces of Montevideo, day or dusk.
It doesn't pretend to be a photographic record of all Montevideo attractions, it only aspires to share some magical moments that would hopefully spark your imagination, away from the cold, somehow indifferent approach of the traditional travel pic that fails to transpire life because it only concentrates in places.
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