More about Colonia

Among the many old buildings in Colonia is El Faro, the lighthouse constructed in 1857 over the ruins of a 1682 Portuguese convent, the San Francisco.  It is possible to (and we did) climb up many stairs for a view of the city and the harbor.  The Iglesia Matriz , the oldest church in Uruguay, dating from 1695,  is open to the public and worth the visit;  the whitewashed walls exude grace, serenity and peace.

El Faro

View of Colonia from El Faro

Iglesia Matriz

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