Salvo Palace is located in the corner of Independence Square and 18 de Julio Avenue, at the beginning of Downtown.
The original idea came from Salvo brothers, businessmen who wanted to build the first 5-stars hotel in Montevideo, but this couldn’t be realized.
The architect Mario Palanti worked in the design, previously built the Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires, inspired by the Divine Comedy.
Salvo Palace, inaugurated in 1928, has an eclectic style and was the tallest building in Latin America at the time with 95 meters.
It is one of the most important buildings for its cultural, historical, tourist and architectural interest in Montevideo. In 1996 it was declared a National Historic Monument and continues to be one of the tallest buildings in the city.
With almost 100 years of history, it is a symbol of tradition and identity of Uruguay for both foreign and national visitors.
Nowadays we can find homes, offices, coffee / gift shops and the Museum of Tango. There, before the construction of Salvo Palace, worked ¨La Giralda¨, a coffee shop where the famous tango ¨La Cumparsita¨ was played for the first time.
Guided tours take place from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with departures every hour.
On Saturdays there is also a special guided tour by a historian, at 3:00 pm., 4:30 pm. and 6:00 pm. These are visits that must be booked directly to the number: 098 98 456 370.
They have a duration of 45 minutes, the tour goes through the exterior part of the building, the roof and the viewpoint, as well as some outstanding floors accompanied by a guide.
The visit also includes the Tango Museum, a place that celebrates the life of the musician and composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, as well as his iconic work “La Cumparsita”.
Accepted payment is in cash in Uruguayan pesos, reais or US dollars and with a credit or debit card.
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