Punta Carretas Shopping

Punta Carretas Shopping is a shopping mall of Montevideo, Uruguay. It is located in the neighborhood Punta Carretas.

Punta Carretas Shopping
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Mall entrance
LocationMontevideo, Uruguay
Coordinates34°55′27″S 56°09′30″W / 34.92417°S 56.15833°W / -34.92417; -56.15833Coordinates: 34°55′27″S 56°09′30″W / 34.92417°S 56.15833°W / -34.92417; -56.15833
Address350 José Ellauri Ave, Montevideo
Opening date1994
Architect1905-1915 Domingo Sanguinetti
1992-1997Juan Carlos López y Asociados, Casildo Rodríguez
No. of stores and services210
No. of floors3


The shopping center is located in the Punta Carretas Penitentiary building, originally opened in 1915.[1] For decades, this penitentiary and the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart were the only important buildings in the neighborhood.[2] In 1971, in a turbulent time for the country, the spectacular flight of more than 100 prisoners took place, Tupamaro guerrillas. Towards the end of 1986, after an imposing mutiny, it was evicted and remained empty for a few years. In 1992 it was decided to start recycling and remodeling the property. The old Penitentiary opened its doors as the Punta Carretas Shopping in 1994.[3]

Recycling ProjectEdit

The recycling project was by the Argentine architect Juan Carlos López (author of Galerías Pacífico, Patio Bullrich and Parque Arauco) and the Uruguayan architect Casildo Rodríguez. The shopping mall is made of stone and masonry, it has 210 stores, 4 escalators and 3 conventional ones. The arch and the exterior façade of the prison remain.

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  1. ^ (PDF). 2007-07-20 https://web.archive.org/web/20070720184311/http://www.montevideo.gub.uy/publicaciones/nomenclatura/nom_cronos.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2020-07-28. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20001002002739/http://www.fing.edu.uy/notas/iglesia.htm. Archived from the original on 2000-10-02. Retrieved 2020-07-28. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Acerca de Nosotros". Punta Carretas Shopping. Retrieved 2020-07-28.