Monday, October 8, 2007

Uruguay: Iglesia de Atlánantida

The highlight of our weekend trip to Uruguay was this building by the Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste. The Iglesia de Atlánantida is located about an hour to the North of Montevideo in a rural township. Township may actually be an overstatement. The area that surrounds the church is mostly farmland and the simple structures where the farmers live. Arriving upon it was quite impressive.

This structure was Dieste's first building. He never received payment for his services for this building. It was built in 1960 and has held up very well. He was trained as an engineer but his structures reveal that he was so much more. He built all over South America and in the 90s he built in a few buildings in Spain. He died in 2000 at the age of 83. You can see more about this building on a Spanish Language Blog HERE .

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