Low angle view of a church, Iglesia Matriz, Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay

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Iglesia Matríz

Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay’s oldest church – begun by the Portuguese in 1680, then completely rebuilt twice under Spanish rule – is the centerpiece of pretty Plaza de Armas. The plaza also holds the foundations of a house dating from Portuguese times.

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