The Palacio Salvo (Salvo Palace) is a neo-Gothic building in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Palacio was originally built to function as a hotel, but is now closed to the public. This article talks a bit about the history of the Palacio Salvo as well as its present state.
The Hand at Brava beach, is a sculpture designed by the Chilean artist, Mario Irrazábal in 1982. This sculpture is a huge tourist attraction for Uruguay. This article talks about the construction process and history behind the sculpture and Irrazábal's art career.
This video discusses the social, economic, and political aspects of Uruguay as a country in order to gauge how powerful it is globally. The analysis of Uruguay's power isn't particularly important, but the video contains a lot of valuable information on what Uruguay looks like as a country. As an example, unlike most countries in the world Uruguay allots more money to social welfare and humanitarian spending than defense. Uruguay is also known as one of the most progressive nations in South America. In 2012 Uruguay legalized abortion and then same-sex marriage in the next year.
Carnival is celebration of music, dance, and resistance held in many Latin American countries in the weeks preceding Lent. The celebration is a way to indulge festively before Lent which is a period of restriction among Catholics. Interestingly, Uruguay is a very secular country, although 60 percent of the population are Catholic, only the wealthier portions of the population regularly attend mass. The celebration of Carnival, a Catholic festivity, in Uruguay is tied more with slavery, as a means of respite and connection with their cultural ancestry. Candombe, a word meaning 'pertaining to blacks,' is the name given the style of drum and dance used in Carnival.