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|Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay|
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150 miles west of Montevideo lies the tiny city of Colonia del
Sacramento, a living museum of colonial architecture and a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Much of old Colonia was constructed by the
Portuguese during the 1600s, and many of the buildings dating from that
era still stand, giving visitors the feeling that they've fallen into a
This is Colonia's old neighborhood and is located in the southwest of town. This is the spot where most of Colonia del Sacramento's tourist attractions and most beautiful historic buildings are located.
The Museo Portugués pays homage to Colonia's Portuguese roots. The museum presents exhibits dealing with the Portuguese people, customs and architecture that influenced Colonia.
This was the social center of Colonia's early days and still retains its 17th century flavor.
If you like visiting beautiful old churches, you won't want to miss this pretty 17th century specimen, the oldest church in Uruguay.
Museo del Azulejo
This little museum boasts an impressive collection of tiles housed in a beautiful colonial manor.
Ruinas Casa del Gobernador
See how Uruguay's wealthy colonial leaders lived at the House of the Viceroy. Impressive.
While the historical aspects of Colonia are its claim to fame, you'll also discover some cute shops and great restaurants as you stroll through town.
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