Castillo de Piria, Piriapolis

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Visit Castillo de Piria for a sense of Uruguay's upper crust at the turn of the 20th century. Completed in 1897, the medieval-inspired castle and gardens served as the residence of wealthy businessman Francisco Piria--one of the first people to realize the potential of coastal tourism in Uruguay. Through the years, it has also housed presidents and hosted important cultural gatherings. While Piria's castle has suffered somewhat from a lack of quality maintenance, its rustic charm remains intact, and its interior has been converted to a small Spanish-language museum displaying period furnishings, weapons, tools, and artwork. Step out onto the second floor's Florentine balconies for panoramic views of the city. Stroll through the grounds, dotted with native palm trees, and look for the bronze statue of Mercury. You can tour on your own or join one of the visits organized by the tourist office in Piriápolis. Plan my trip to Piriapolis with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • When you arrive you have to be attentive because it is not very signposted, the castle is located at the end of a street of palm trees and a roundabout worthy of a castle. Admission is free. It struck me that there are no staff controlling people's entrance and exit or an entrance table where they offer a guided tour, they visit freely and everything one can know about the place is read on the posters. You can feel it a little abandoned, with little maintenance. But it is striking and nice to know a castle inside, with the added bonus of having belonged to the founder of the city
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  • You must go to the castle with someone who knows the story. We hired a tour and it was great, every ticket of this man's life owns everything and then owns nothing
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  • Cool property with nice plants and yeah there's an old castle with a free museum inside. Shame they let a circus put a tent up in front of the view of the nearby mountainside. Worth a visit.
  • The mesuem offers a tunnel into the past of the Uruguayan tycoon. I only wish there was an English booklet or descriptions. Don't forget to clime onto the third floor, which offers a panorama view of the mountain on the other side of the road.
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