Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: MVD-005
Explore two centuries of Jewish influence in Montevideo during this scenic and informative tour, following the historical progress and development of the Community. Depart the pier for the drive through the Old Town area, where Jewish immigrants first settled in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Along the way, you will pass the first Sephardic Synagogue, Golda Meir Square and the Hebraica-Maccabi Sports Center. Your drive will then proceed through the area where the Ashkenazi Jews settled upon arrival in the country, passing the still existing Jaime Zhitlovsky Cultural Center, gaining insight into the living conditions of the first immigrants, the challenges they faced and how the Community adapted to their new circumstances.
Next you will arrive at the Holocaust Memorial, the only one of its kind in South America, an outdoor memorial crafted into the landscape, built in angular sections, conveying a sense of dislocation and destruction, where tombstone-like stone slabs bear quotes of Jewish philosophers, creating a both troubling and strangely peaceful effect. Next, passing through the upscale Pocitos residential area, where since the eighties most of the Community lives nowadays, a visit will be made to two synagogues located in this area.
Following a drive along the Rambla, the avenue that follows the shoreline and is the nicest feature of the whole city, your tour will conclude with a visit to Independence Square, the Main Square, featuring a monument dedicated to the national hero General José Gervasio Artigas, the Executive Tower housing the President’s Office, the emblematic Palacio Salvo building and the former Government House. From there you will be taken directly back to the pier.
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. This tour features a moderate amount of walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Guests who visit the synagogue should dress appropriately. On Saturdays, the visit to the synagogue will be limited to an outside photo stop.