Palacio Taranco, Montevideo

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View an extensive collection of decorative arts at Palacio Taranco, featuring rooms stacked with European period furniture, draperies, ornaments, sculptures, textiles, and portrait paintings. French architects Charles Louis Girault and Jules Chifflot León--the creators of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris--designed the palace in the early 20th century. The eclectic interior combines diverse elements from Persian curtains to Flemish tapestries. Climb the marble spiral staircase, which links the lobby with the halls, and walk across the oak floors designed in the style of Versailles. See the dining hall, billiards room, smoking lounge, and library, all lavishly furnished in Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Regency styles. The palace's museum also boasts an important collection of classical art and archeology, including Greco-Roman ceramics. Using our online itinerary creator, Montevideo attractions like Palacio Taranco can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • My sister and I visited Palacio Taranco and found it quite beautiful. It holds a great representation of decorative arts, and the feeling of the palace is very pleasant. Our only criticism is that wit...  more »
  • At the end of the eighteenth century, the Portuguese merchant Manuel Cipriano de Mello built on this land the first theater that Montevideo had: the House of Comedies, idea of Governor Antonio Olaguer and Feliú, with the purpose of distracting the people from the ideas of freedom. The hall was demolished more than a century later, along with other constructions of the block, to build on the site a French hotel. Three merchant brothers, Mr. José, Félix, and Hermenegildo Ortiz de Taranco, decided to build a palatial residence there. And not satisfied with the projects presented by local architects, they hired the French Louis Girault and Jules Leon Chifflot, who had enormous prestige at the time. They built the Taranco Palace today Museum of Decorative Arts, 3 floors, on the ground floor there is an archaeological exhibition, which is not too worthwhile, the best the ground floor furnished with objects from the time, the rooms very spacious and on the upper floor are the bedrooms, with furniture from the time.
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  • Amazing old house / palace turned museum! Definitely worth a visit. On the dias del patrimonio it opens for free to the public, not sure of price on other days. There’s an indigenous museum in the basement which is less great in my opinion, as the collection is quite small. But the main and top floors of the house are gorgeous, very elaborately decorated, including three antique pianos. Patio is beautiful as well.
  • Marvelous architectural details and art. Well worth the visit
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