Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen

Colonia del Sacramento

Incorporating part of the city’s historic fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits and periodic concerts. The grassy riverside grounds out back, with outdoor sculptures and an industrial chimney dating from 1880, make a picturesque spot for a midafternoon break.

As of late 2017, the center was closed to the public for renovations.

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