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The Cordón neighborhood is one of the most central districts of the city of Montevideo, with a very important commercial and cultural influence, and stands out for the main avenue that is 18 de Julio, artery of the city that divides the neighborhood into two zones that They have a lot in common and certain characteristics that differentiate them.
The history of the neighborhood is one of the richest of all, since the proximity to what is now the old city, made the expansion reach this area first. The name is due to the disposition of the Spanish Crown, to demarcate the area that was outside the walls of the Old City, with laces, something that currently seems unthinkable, and that was the reason for the appointment.
The architecture of this neighborhood is very peculiar, since although over time it was modernized, structures dating from 1880 are maintained, with the tinge of the architecture of that time. These constructions that still remain in the Cordón neighborhood, have skylight patios, high ceilings, hallway and iron or marble balconies, which is known as the “popular standardized architecture”.
With regard to the architectural architectural aspect stands out over most neighborhoods in Montevideo as it has buildings of the caliber of the National Library, the University of the Republic, with several units scattered throughout the neighborhood, the School of Music among others. With respect to art, several of the most significant theaters of Uruguayan culture are installed in the neighborhood, such as the El Galpón Theater and the Stella D’italia. The culture also flourishes in the Cordón with writing, since there is a large number of bookstores, the largest and best known on Tristán Narvaja street, which houses one of the best-known fairs in the city, and is a classic walk of the tourists that are nourished with the National culture.
The recreation in the neighborhood has a very important place, which in addition to having a wide range of nightlife and gastronomic venues, also has the most modern and largest square in the area, the Seregni Líber Park, which has become the favorite place of the children and youth of the neighborhood.
The monuments abound in the Cordón, which are mostly accompanied by well-maintained and up-to-date plazas that become the parade of those who frequent the area. Some of them are the Plaza de los Treinta y Tres, also known as Plaza de los Bomberos or Plaza Artola, where the equestrian monument was installed to the General Juan Antonio Lavalleja, as well as a pottery from the Treinta y Tres Orientales in the background, copy of the work of Juan Manuel Blanes. In this square is a statue of Albert Einstein talking with Carlos Vaz Ferreira, the well-known Uruguayan philosopher, this scene is a recreation of a moment that really happened there, further enlarging the rich history of the neighborhood.
The changes in the neighborhood were aroused naturally, which now houses banks, financial institutions, public entities and a host of private companies, transforming the neighborhood into an area of commercial development, and with a large affluent of the public. The proximity to many coastal neighborhoods, and the Batlle Park neighborhood with its green spaces, coupled with the expansion of the construction of modern buildings, make it an ideal area to live or invest.
Cuartel Centenario de Bomberos: Colonia 1665 Teléfono: 24009071
Biblioteca Nacional: Av.18 de Julio 1790 2400 5385
Museo del Gaucho y la moneda: Av. 18 de Julio 998 Teléfono: 2900 8764
Museo de Historia Natural: Dr Eduardo Acevedo 1427 Teléfono: 2409 5841
Museo de historia del Arte: Ejido 1326 Teléfono: 1950 1296
Plaza Líber Seregni: Martin C Martinez y Victor Haedo