Maldonado, Uruguay


Maldonado, Uruguay
Maldonado
—  Capital city  —
Maldonado is located in Uruguay
Maldonado
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°54′0″S 54°57′0″W / 34.9°S 54.95°W / -34.9; -54.95Coordinates: 34°54′0″S 54°57′0″W / 34.9°S 54.95°W / -34.9; -54.95
Country  Uruguay
Department Maldonado Department
Founded 1754
Founder Joaquín de Viana
Government
 - Mayor(Alcalde) Juan Carlos Bayeto (Broad Front)
Population (2004)
 - Total 54,603
 - Demonym Fernandino
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 20000
Area code(s) +598 42

Maldonado is the capital of Maldonado Department of Uruguay. It is located on Route 39 and shares borders with Punta del Este to the south, Pinares - Las Delicias to the south and to the east and suburb La Sonrisa to the north. Together they all for a unified metropolitan area. East of the city flows the stream Arroyo Maldonado. The next city to the north is San Carlos, only 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) away on Route 39.

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History

Maldonado was founded in 1755 at the initiative of the Governor of Montevideo Joaquin de Viana. It was firmly established by the arrival of 104 permanent settlers in 1757. Its original name was Maldonado, but, years later, its name was changed to San Fernando de Maldonado, in honor of King Ferdinand VI of Spain.

Population

In 2004, it had a population of 54,603.[1]

Year Population
1963 15,372
1975 22,762
1985 33,535
1996 48,936
2004 54,603

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[2]

Main sights

Remarkable sights in Maldonado include:

  • San Fernando de Maldonado Cathedral, a neoclassic cathedral begun in 1801 and completed in 1895;
  • Cuartel de Dragones (The Dragoons' Barracks), a Spanish garrison begun in 1771 and completed in 1797;
  • Torre del Vigia (meaning "tower of vigilance" or, more simply, "watchtower"), built in 1800 under the direction of Rafael Pérez del Puerto, its function was to inform the authorities of the entrance in Buenos Aires of the approach of any ship to the Río de la Plata;
  • El Puente de la Barra[3], a stressed ribbon bridge, where the roadbed swoops up, down, and back up and down once more, demonstrating an exceptional economy of material;
  • Casapueblo hotel

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