Exploring Beautiful Palaces in Montevideo, Uruguay

We are proud to offer exciting excursions all over the globe, from places deep in the jungle to some of the greatest cities man has ever dreamed to build. We like to share our passion with others so that they can see why we are so invested in the places we go. The world is remarkably big, and there are more amazing sights to see than can be imagined. Today we go to one of the most beautiful cities in all of South America, Montevideo, Uruguay!

Palacio Legislativo, or the Legislative Palace in English, is the place where the Uruguayan parliament meets. The construction of the building began in 1904 and was sponsored at the time by the president of the country, José Batlle y Ordoñez. The building was designed by Italian architects and it features a largely Neo-classical design in its architecture. In 1975 the building was declared a National Historic Monument by the government. The inside of the building is a big hit with the many travelers who visit it every year, with one of the most noted features being the beautiful marble floors which adorn the inside of the building. Its library is beautiful and has some amazing glass work that is the envy of many patrons. The artwork is also noteworthy inside of the building, with so many historic pieces of work from famous painters of the country. It is considered a little out of the way in the normal tourist circulation of the city, but certainly it is worth a visit!

Palacio Salvo was designed by the architect Mario Palanti and it was finished in 1928. The building stands an impressive 330 ft. in height, once you include the antenna at the top of the building. The building was actually meant to be a hotel originally, but when that didn’t work out it began to be used as a blend of private residences and offices for a number of years. The architecture of the building is the Eclecticism style, and its architect was an Italian man by the name of Mario Palanti. For many decades this stood as the tallest building in all of South America, and still today remains a good place to visit for any traveler who has an eye on architecture and the country’s history.

Montevideo is a beautiful capital city in the heart of an amazing country. It has a lot to offer to any traveler who would want to stop in to visit, with amazing people who are welcoming to those from all around the world. We have an amazing trip that is going to take you here as well as many other spectacular places all over South America as part of our Best of Brazil & South America trip that is coming March of next year! For all of the information on this amazing trip, please click here.

 

 

Restoring Your Faith in Great Landmarks in Santiago!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Today we will take you to Santiago, Chile!

The Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception on San Christobal Hill is one of the primary places to worship for the Catholic faith in all of Chile, along with being an iconic landmark in the city of Santiago. The statue is 14 meters tall and stands upon a pedestal that is roughly 8 meters and it weighs a whopping 36,610 kilograms! There is a small chapel inside which was used by Pope John Paul II in 1987 to bless the city of Santiago. The statue is lit up at night by lights on its side, so that the statue is visible all over the city both during the day as well as the night. The statue was officially inaugurated in 1908.

 

Palacio de La Moneda, often shorted to La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. The building also functions as the office for three of the cabinet ministers: General Secretariat of the Government, General Secretariat of the Presidency, and the Interior. In total the palace takes up an entire block of the downtown area, which is known as the Civic District. The building was originally a mint that was designed by an Italian architect in the 1780s and was opened in 1805 despite still being under construction. Coins were produced here from 1814 until 1929. One of the more interesting aspects of the palace is the changing of the guard ceremony that takes place every two days, which is accompanied by a band playing, troops with horses, and a lot of pomp and circumstance to mark the occasion. Free guided tours of the palace are available, and are said to be very informative and a big hit among travelers, although they must be requested a week in advance.

 

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago (Spanish: Catedral Metropoliana de Santiago) is the seat of the Archbishop of the city, who is currently Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, and is the center of the archdiocese there. Construction on the building began in 1748 and finished a little over half a century later in 1800. The cathedral was built using the neoclassical architectural style with beautiful towers adorning the building. This is not the first cathedral in Santiago as previous ones were destroyed in various earthquakes over the years. The cathedral lights up beautifully at night and is an amazing sight to see, which makes it one of the most visited landmarks in the entire city as those of faith pour in by the hundreds of thousands each year.

Santiago is a beautiful city that has a rich culture that has to be experienced firsthand to be properly appreciated. It’s not alone though in how amazing it is, as there are lots of South American cities that have a lot to offer! We can take you to a couple of them as a part of our Best of South America & Cape Horn cruise coming next year! For all of the information you need on this great adventure, click here.

We Won’t Put on Airs: Buenos Aires is Awesome!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Today we will be going to Buenos Aires, Argentinawhere the buildings come alive with magnificence! 

Palacio Barolo was built in 1923 and upon its completion it was the tallest building in not only the city but also in all of South America, and remained that way until 1935 when the Kavanagh Building surpassed it. It was designed by Mario Palanti and it uses several architectural styles including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Eclecticisc, and perhaps most notably Gothic in its design. The building’s design was heavily influenced by Dante’s Divine Comedy, with various floors representing hell, purgatory, and heaven in turn. It has a lighthouse on top which can be seen all the way from Montevideo, Uruguay! In 1997 it was declared a national historic monument of Argentina and its popularity as a building of interest has only grown since.

La Recoleta Cemetery is a rather noteworthy cemetery that houses the remains of several noteworthy people including Eva Perón, Nobel Prize winners, presidents of Argentina, and even the granddaughter of Napoleon! It has been consistently hailed as being one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the entire world, with praise having been given out by heavyweights such as the BBC and CNN. It was established in 1822 and now spans over 14 acres, with the last count of the graves standing at a whopping 4691 vaults which are all situated above ground. It has a quiet, haunting beauty to it that makes it a remarkable place to visit.

Catadral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (English: the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral) is the main Catholic church of the city. It was originally constructed in the 16th century but has undergone many revisions since its humble beginnings. The building as it is currently constructed is a blend of several architectural styles, with a Neoclassical facade dating to the 19th-century without towers. The interior, on the other hand, features 18th-century statues and a large amount of Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque decoration. One of the more notable features of the cathedral is the Mausoleum which houses General Jose de San Martin, which came over from France in 1880. The black sarcophagus which houses the body is guarded by three life-size female figures that are meant to represent Peru, Chile, and Argentina, three of the locations that were freed by the General.

 

Buenos Aires’s beauty is beguiling. A modern city in many ways with all of the bright lights and spectacle one would expect from such a rich city, its past has not been forgotten as these buildings set so wonderfully in a bygone style still find a place to thrive intermixed with the newest trends of this great city. We are very proud to be able to take you here as part of our Best of South America cruise next year! For all of the details on this great trip, please click here!