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Iglesia Matriz, Colonia del Sacramento

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Church Tourist Spot
Strikingly simple yet unmistakably elegant, Iglesia Matriz remains one of Uruguay's oldest churches. Part of the city's World Heritage-listed historical quarter, the structure features two bell towers and serves as the centerpiece of Plaza de Armas. Originally built in 1680 by the Portuguese, the church was reconstructed twice under Spanish rule. Inside, stark white arches boast a distinctly Portuguese flair and rows of dark pews face a modest altar. The protagonist of many postcards, the church is worth a stop for a quick photo and a look inside. Use our Colonia del Sacramento vacation trip planner to add Iglesia Matriz and other attractions to your Colonia del Sacramento vacation plans.
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  • The oldest church in the city. It dates from 1680. Of course, this is not the original one which was small and unpretentious. The present church dates back to 1810. Some 40 years ago it underwent a se...  more »
  • This was right across the square from where we had lunch, so it was an easy decision to stop in. I've called it quirky because it certainly didn't have the traditional ornamentation one expects in a C...  more »
  • Twin tower white exterior dominates Plaza de Armas The white colour scheme continues into the interior with little of the paraphanalia you would expect in later catholic churches  more »