Colonia del Sacramento Journals

Colonia Attractions

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A travel journal to Colonia del Sacramento by LenR

Puerta de la Ciudadela (Puerta de Campo) Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay More Photos
Quote: This tiny town with a huge history is ideal for a day or a weekend away from the urban clutter of Buenos Aires or Montevideo. There are several specific attractions detailed in this journal but the real charm of Colonia is wandering and finding you own special place.

Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

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Attraction | "Real de San Carlos"

Plaza de Toros (Bullring) Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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This is not your typical tourist attraction but it’s a quirky curiosity nevertheless and well worthy of a visit. At the turn of the 20th century, Argentine entrepreneur Nicolás Mihanovich spent US$1.5 million building an immense tourist complex 5km north of Colonia at Real de San Carlos. The attractions included a 10,000-seat bullring, a 3000-seat fronton (court) for the Basque sport of jai alai, a hotel-casino and a racecourse. Unfortunately, the complex was ultimately a disaster and only the racecourse functions today, but the ruins of the remaining buildings make an interesting excursion, and the adjacent beach is popular with locals on Sundays.Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos is the n...Read More

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Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

Colonia, Uruguay

Plaza de Armas

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Attraction | "Iglesia Matriz and Plaza de Armas"

Plaza de Armas Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Historic Colonia's two main squares are the vast Plaza Mayor and the shady Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Manuel Lobo. The latter plaza is the home of Colonia's Iglesia Matriz. The church, begun in 1680, is Uruguay's oldest, though it has been completely rebuilt twice. The plaza also holds the foundations of a house dating from Portuguese times.Iglesia Matriz is a Roman Catholic Church that was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1995. It has been damaged and partly destroyed several times, most severely in 1823 when an explosion destroyed the sacristy which was being used for the storage of explosives. The church was later beautifully restored and it houses many valuable ...Read More

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Plaza de Armas
Plaza De Armas
Colonia, Uruguay

Faro (Lighthouse)

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Attraction | "Plaza Mayor and the El Faro."

Faro (Lighthouse) Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Once inside the city gate, most visitors head for the lovely town square, Plaza Mayor. This is the heart of the Barrio Historico. It hosts many of the points of historical interest and also effectively doubles as a botanical garden with its age-old fig trees, palms, cycads, jasmine and bougainvillea. We saw that ancient bougainvilleas are popping up from the sides of buildings, adding a lot of colour as they climb the white and brightly coloured walls. Strolling down alleyways from the Plaza adorned with the scent and colour of red, pink and purple bougainvilleas in the hot sun, with the waterfront only a few steps away, you quickly get the impression of the Mediterranean. Around the tree-...Read More

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Faro (Lighthouse)
Southwest corner of Plaza Mayor
Colonia, Uruguay

Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs)

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Attraction | "Street of Sighs"

Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs) Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Probably the most photographed part of Colonia del Sacramento is the Calle de los Suspiros which can be literally translated as the 'Street of Sighs'. These days it seems to induce more smiles than sighs from tourists taking in the sights. It's an authentic alley dating from the first Portuguese occupation in the 17th-century. In the old days, this quaint street used to be called Ansina.There are different theories about how it got its current name. One of them asserts that those who were condemned to death were led along the street of "sighs" to be drowned when the tide rose. Another says that criminals used to get hung at the end of the street. Another is that this street used to lodge c...Read More

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Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs)

Colonia, Uruguay

Puerta de la Ciudadela (Puerta de Campo)

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Attraction | "Puerta de Campo"

Puerta de la Ciudadela (Puerta de Campo) Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Colonia del Sacramento, is steeped in history and is a great place to visit. It was founded by the Portuguese in the 17th century under the command of Maestre de Campo Manuel de Lobo as the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata. It became the focus of a struggle between the Spanish and the Portuguese over control of the whole area. Under Portuguese control in the early 18th century, Colonia became a major point of trade for Portuguese and British contraband. The then King of Spain, Felipe V, reacted by ordering that Montevideo be built up in order to keep an eye on Colonia. After many disputes and hand-offs between the Spanish and the Portuguese, governance of the city becam...Read More

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Puerta de la Ciudadela (Puerta de Campo)
Plaza 1811
Colonia, Uruguay