Different migratory waves and historical events left their mark on Montevideo. The Ciudad Vieja reminds of the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. In the Cabildo of Montevideo and in the Teatro Solís the colonial style and the first glimpse of neoclassicism are clearly noticeable. But the largest monument of this type is the Palacio Legislativo, the seat of the Parliament. The Ciudad Vieja features different architecture styles, such as the neo-gothic style of the Junta Departamental of Montevideo, the modern design of the Palacio Lapido (located in 18 de Julio Ave. and Rio Branco St.), and the luxurious eclecticism typical of the city.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Montevideo lived its golden age, a period of social and economic prosperity. From that historical time it inherited its modern architecture, one of the main Art Deco living testimonies. Along with New York, Montevideo is the city most influenced by this style. At the end of the 90´s the construction of the Torre de las Telecomunicaciones began. This building was designed by Carlos Ott, a renowned Uruguayan architect, and it is a sample of postmodern architecture.