Estacion Central General Artigas

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Estacion Central General Artigas

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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia5,014 contributions
Uruguayan Eyesore
Mar. 2017 • Couples
Estación Central General Artigas is the former central railway station of Montevideo opened to the public on 15 July 1897 and closed on 1 March 2003. When constructed, it was probably the most significant building linked to the railway, outstanding design for the era, great architectural features - simply a masterpiece.

Today, it is an ugly blight on the City; unused, abandoned, buildings derelict, ugly hoardings, graffiti everywhere you look, rubbish of all types. Our guide explained that the buildings house a sizeable population of homeless people.

I was amazed that a developer, or indeed, the City, could not see the potential for restoration and redevelopment into a local hub for hotels, apartments, commercial outlets, restaurants and shops. Maybe I'm being unfair and something is happening behind the scenes. These buildings are worthy of preservation, being an integral part of Uruguayan history.
Written 28 April 2017
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,372 contributions
Landmark Disgrace
Apr. 2015 • Solo
I'm unsure if Uruguay has some sort of preservation society, but if they do, this building must be put atop the list. From a distance this former railway station is imposingly beautiful with its stunning Victorian architecture. As I approached, however, beauty turned to horror. What remains is an abandoned, crumbling structure with boarded up windows. Graffiti fills the exterior walls and garbage is strewn about the property. The stench of urine is overwhelming. The surrounding area is somewhat of a no-mans land although there are some signs of urban renewal nearby.
Written 13 March 2016
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Chipperhigh2
Okemos, MI3,846 contributions
I Wanted To Cry
Oct. 2015 • Solo
Drove by the old railroad station and could almost have cried at this once magnificent building sitting there is such a state. Graffiti, boarded windows, dirt, and homeless people, how sad. If this building was a horse you would shoot him. This building needs to be preserved or demolished.
Written 16 October 2015
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CarinaMMM
Porto, Portugal15 contributions
Old and badly preserved building
Sep. 2013 • Family
Is another example of a lot of huge and once beautiful buildings that are not preserved.
It is still possible to see that used to be a beautiful building. Now is closed with bricks and painted with graffiti. Sad to see.
Localizated in a dangerous part of the city, we did not even stopped the car.
Written 2 October 2013
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John C
Bristol, UK10 contributions
Beautiful but difficult to rate as an attraction
Jul. 2013 • Solo
Let's not beat around this bush here, this is an abandoned railway station that has certainly seen better days. The frontage is grand and crumbling, with beautiful status of Artigas and George Stephenson. You cannot enter the interior. There is evidence of people sleeping rough both inside and at them main (old) entrance. It's worth a look during the day, if you like old buildings which conjure up images of a more illustrious past. Probably not a family day out, or for catching the 0734hrs to Paddingon, but worth a brief trip all the same. Difficult to rate as an attraction.
Written 4 July 2013
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Karenina_12
Downey, CA46 contributions
Estacion General Artigas
Oct. 2011 • Couples
When I was in Uruguay as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 60s the trains were the main transportation to the interior of the country. The trains were all finished in wood and wrought iron inside and were a joy to ride. Coming into Montevideo and seeing this magnificent train station was always a thrill for me. When I returned in 2011 I was so saddened to see it closed and abandoned. Still, in spite of it's disrepair, it is a worthy old building...There is talk of reestablishing train travel in Uruguay I can only hope this building will be part of the new system. Along the Rampla you can still see some of the old train cars from that era....what memories!!!
Written 19 September 2012
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FaustinaT
Montevideo91 contributions
Very interesting wrought iron structure
This is a very interesting wrought iron structure, now right by Ott's telecommunications building. A great spot for photos.
Written 25 April 2012
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rosaMontevideo
montevideo15 contributions
WONDERFUL BUILDING BUT RUNDOWN
If you're a tourist visiting Montevideo, don't come out of your way to visit. You'll only find a wonderful building in very bad repair, and surrounding area is not safe.
Written 11 March 2012
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Liliana S
Montevideo, Uruguay34 contributions
Wonderful building, awfully abandoned.
It's really a shame. I am Montevidean and really feel bad about this beautiful building that is in ruins and was once the main train station. Hopefully, will be restored shortly.
Written 27 January 2012
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John C
Saint Louis, MO377 contributions
Must Have Been Beautiful In Its Heyday
Nov. 2011
If you're interested in trains or railroad stations, the Central Railway Station is a must. Though not in use, you can imagine how great this station must have been when in operation. There is no way into the building but there is no fence stopping a person getting up close. At one end of the station a small building has been built for train service. However, a sign posted on the door indicated that all train service has been suspended.
Written 31 December 2011
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