Palacio Legislativo Montevideo

Trip Start Jan 06, 2008
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Trip End Mar 31, 2008


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Friday, March 21, 2008

Palacio Legislativo

Through the auspices of our landlords we were put in touch with a guide from the National Legislative building. We were indeed fortunate in that not only did Mabel speak fluent English but she was also a delightful companion to have as a private guide to a wonderful building she is rightly so proud of.

The Palacio Legislativo was built at the height of Uruguayan prosperity and still impresses with its craftsmanship and quality of materials. Unfortunately, like many other buildings in Montevideo, there is a lack of funds to maintain some of the less vital elements such as the graffito on the exterior of the inner walls.

The Uruguayan constitution is modeled on the US, with an executive presidency, a senate (30) and a house of representatives (99), and supreme court whose judges are proposed by the President and approved by the senate. The vice president serves as president of the Senate, and a speaker is elected annually to head up the house. We were able to see both houses and also traversed the tunnel which connects the legislative building to the administrative building that houses the legislators offices.
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