Theme Week Uruguay – Salto

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Downtown Salto © Shant/cc-by-sa-2.5

Downtown Salto © Shant/cc-by-sa-2.5

Salto is the capital city of the Salto Department in northwestern Uruguay. As of the 2011 census it had a population of 104,028 and is the second most populated city in Uruguay. The city is located on Route 3 about 496 kilometres (308 mi) northwest of Montevideo, and on the east bank of the Río Uruguay across from the city of Concordia in Argentina. About 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of the city the Salto Grande Bridge, built on top of the Salto Grande Dam, joins the two sides. It is served by the Nueva Hesperides International Airport.

Built on hills and bluffs, the city is situated near the Rio Uruguay’s ‘big jump’ falls, which is also the location of the Salto Grande Dam. The land is low lying alongside the river bank, with an elevation of 48 metres (157 ft) above sea level.

Plaza 33 © Roxyuru/cc-by-sa-3.0 Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia © Fedaro/cc-by-sa-3.0 Salto, as seen from the harbor © Shant/cc-by-2.5 Salto Grande dam © Dario Alpern/cc-by-sa-3.0 Downtown Salto © Shant/cc-by-sa-2.5
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Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia © Fedaro/cc-by-sa-3.0
At the entrance of the city there is a memorial to the engineer Eladio Dieste. The memorial is formally called “La Puerta de la Sabiduría” (“The Door of Wisdom”) and commonly known as “La Gaviota” (“The Seagull”). It was constructed by moving a structure built for station facilities and service by Leggiero Barbieri, a now-defunct trading firm. It is located at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 31 with Avenida Pascual Harriague, named after Pascual Harriague, who introduced grape cultivation in Uruguay. Salto is the site of a large number of works by Eladio Dieste, including an industrial warehouse/factory (Refrescos del Norte, 1978), an inn (north coast), a Municipal Bus Terminal, and a private bus company terminal (Turlit, 1980). Other prominent architects include J.P. Sanguinetti with his masterpiece “El Campo y yo”. The center of the city lies on Calle Uruguay, the heart of the business district, and many of the historic buildings in the immediate vicinity are significant. An apartment building called “El Mirador“, the highest building in the city, opened in 2007. A museum of note is the Museo del Hombre y la Tecnología. There is a Plaza named after General Artigas in the central part of the city, containing a large statue of him. The largest park in the city is called the Parque Solari.

Popular activities among young people include drinking mate (an herbal beverage), going dancing at night and crossing into Argentina to go shopping in Concordia on weekends. One of the attractions are the thermal pools located close to the city. They are kept at over 38 °C (100 F) around the year. Salto is also known for its street Calle Uruguay, where locals stroll during weekend nights to socialize and drink mate with friends. Despite its many slum areas, Salto is considered one of the higher class areas of Uruguay for its various amenities that most of the country is lacking. The International Cultural Centre was founded in Salto in August 1990. The main football club is Salto Fútbol Club which plays in the Uruguayan Segunda División. Their home ground is located at the Estadio Ernesto Dickinson, which has a capacity of about 6,500.

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