Located 170 km from Montevideo and 45 minutes by ferry from Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento stands out due to its architectural beauty and historical relevance. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, it was later disputed by the Spanish settled on the opposite bank of the river at Buenos Aires. This fortified town kept changing hands from crown to crown, until Uruguay finally declared its independence in 1825.
Colonia del Sacramento is a living witness of decades of various assaults and sieges, its architecture keeps its Portuguese and Spanish colonial constructions, and vestiges still remain of each of its settlers, such as the moat, the drawbridge, and the bastions. Declared "Cultural Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 1995, it offers its visitors the mysteries of its cobblestones streets, with hidden legends beneath each streetlamp and secrets disclosed in jasmine and honeysuckle scents.
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