Different waves of migration and historical events left their mark in Montevideo. The Old City reminds of the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. Cabildo and Solis Theatre are clear representations of the colonial times and the first glimpse of neoclassicism. But the largest monument of this kind is the seat of the Parliament -Palacio Legislativo-. The Old City features different architectural styles, such as the neo-gothic of Junta Departamental of Montevideo, the modern design of 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 architectural style, becoming one of the main Art Deco living testimonies. Along with New York, Montevideo is the most influenced city by this style. At the end of the 90's the construction of the Telecommunications Tower began. This building was designed by Carlos Ott, a renowned uruguayan architect, and it is a sample of postmodern architecture.