Stained Glass of the Parliament of Uruguay

On the final day of the stained glass course organised in Uruguay, Professor Radamez Teoduluz arranged and educational excursion with the students to visit Stained Glass of the Parliament of Uruguay to admire the amazing windows that adorn this amazing location.

The parliament, better known as the Legislative Palace of Montevideo, was designed by Italian architect Gaetano Moretti and erected in 1925. The building is a rich example of neo-classical style with rooms decorated with stunning arches, stucco, gold, marble walls and mosaic masterpieces made by the Cooperative Venice Mosaic Artists.

Mosaic Parliament of Uruguay
Particular of the mosaics of the Parliament of Uruguay, made by Cooperative of Mosaics of Venice

The Legislative Palace of Montevideo has a wonderful collection of stained glass windows of the time, along with every window of the building being decorated with stained glass, there are two large skylights that sit above the chambers and the main halls.

The most important Stained glass of the parliament of Uruguay can be found in the Hall of Lost Steps, located at the entrance of the building. These two stained glass windows were designed by the architect Moretti himself and made in the stained glass studio of a Italian craftsman, Giovanni Buffa. One stained glass window represents Justice proclaiming the end of the slavery and the other represents colonizers pillaging the American continent.

Other beautifully crafted stained glass windows can be found on the palace’s stairways and hallways. These were made by the studio Marchetti and are designed with decorative symbols that recall the Freemasons.

Stained Glass of the Parliament of Uruguay corridor
Stained Glass Window of the corridor

The palace’s skylights are of remarkable elegance. The first is above the Hall of Lost Steps and two more in the hall of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The latter was unfortunately damaged during a fire in 2003 which destroyed the central part with the national coat of arms which had been painted on flash blue glass. According to our guide the restoration was poor, and in truth, we can only concurr.


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