"Maldonado, beach, city, history" Departamento de Maldonado by ines2003

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Maldonado, beach, city, history

The city was founded in 1757, after José Joaquín of Viana, transferred a first settlement of Indians Guarani where today is located the historic helmet of the city. The kings always were very worried about the growth and development of Maldonado and such worry is verified in the buildings installed around the somewhat traditional, central plaza in Spain. The worst years for the city were after the Large War, in which Maldonado suffered an enormous poverty and even is said that remained forgot in the map of that then. So much the edict of the white calls as that of the red they occupied it and, after the Revolution of Spears, its administration was paralyzed during two long years.


The time put it again in its place and the present recovered it of the oversight to maintain between its settlers and in its streets the history I live of a city that, although at times itself the pair by high, refuses to be forgot. The visits that I caused was to go to the plaza of Maldonado, that are emphasized the cathedral, is a neoclassical building. It was inaugurated in 1895 but had begun to be built in 1801 when five years later should be interrupted due to the English invasions, him was called Cathedral San Fernando of Maldonado. A main ship with two bell towers is comprised of and a central dome. To the sides and to the fund of this ship two small buildings are arranged that complete the form of cross of the assembly. The high altar is work of the sculptor Antonio Veiga who obtained a prize by this work in the Continental exposition of Buenos Aires in 1 882. The original bell had been donated in Buenos Aires and had a weight of 150 kg.

To the return he is found the headquarters of dragons. It begun in 1771, this military construction was destined to headquarters of the Body of Dragons or Soft. It consists of a perimeter of rooms and a chapel that enclose a great patio. For the history of Maldonado the fact is emphasized that the General liberator José Artigas spent the night in it in the year 1797 when formed part of the body of Soft. In 1833, Chat Darwin, travels aboard the Beagle, and was installed in Maldonado, to carry out a meticulous study of the fauna and the flora of the region, I observe and I collect copies of diverse species and to describe the customs of the locals. The city offers a lot of I gave as at night, in autumn is tranquil the city, with few tourists and a lot of space, free places are found and a lot by visiting.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:nature, relax,
  • Cons:expensive
  • In a nutshell:more the city, the history
  • Last visit to Departamento de Maldonado: Feb 2011
  • Intro Written Apr 25, 2011
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