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Mercedes is the capital and largest city of the department of Soriano in Uruguay. As of the census of 2011, it is the tenth most populated city of the country.Mercedes is an important centre of commerce and a commercial port. Its main industries are based on agriculture, dairy products, paper manufacturing and industrial activities. Its rambla (riverside promenade) is one of the widest in the country.LocationThe city is located on the junction of Route 2 with Route 14, and is situated on the south bank of the Río Negro. Also Route 21 from Colonia del Sacramento of Colonia Department terminates in this city.HistoryMercedes was founded in 1788 by the priest Manuel Antonio de Castro y Careaga with the name of Capilla Nueva de las Mercedes. It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay. On 6 July 1857, its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) and it was designated as capital of Soriano, one of the nine original departments of the Republic at the time, by the Act of Ley Nº 531. Previously, the capital of the department had been Villa Soriano.PopulationIn 2011, it had a population of about 41,974 Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de UruguayPlaces of worship Cathedral of Our Lady of Mercy (Roman Catholic) Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church (Roman Catholic) St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Roman Catholic, Sisters of the Divine Savior) St. Pius X Parish Church (Roman Catholic)
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