Colonia del Sacramento Photo Gallery...
A journey through Uruguay's historic gem


The image selection that conforms Colonia del Sacramento Photo Gallery evolves around the town's historic quarter, inscribed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1995.

Commonly referred to as Colonia, it's Uruguay's oldest town and one of its biggest tourist attractions, founded in 1680 as Nova Colonia do Santissimo Sacramento by the Portuguese Manuel Lobo.

For the next 150 years it changed hands in about ten separate occasions, either by conquest or treaty, between Spain and Portugal. Even Brazil controlled it for a while before finally becoming part of the independent state of Uruguay in 1828

Colonia sits on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, one of the world’s widest rivers and the natural water boundary between Argentina and Uruguay.



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Due to its proximity - on a clear day you can see Puerto Madero's high rises - it's an easy day-trip for anyone wishing to break away from bustling Buenos Aires.

The easiest way is to book an early morning crossing going, and a late afternoon/early evening crossing coming back to Buenos Aires.

There is a fast ferry (buque rapido) that takes approximately 50 minutes each way as well as a slow ferry (3 hours each way), which is slightly less expensive. Two companies that provide the service are Buquebus and Seacat. Make sure to book in advance for weekends and holidays.


You will surely spend all your time in Colonia within the 16 ha historic quarter (Barrio Histórico). Apart from several interesting museums (all of which can be visited with a single ticket), make sure to include the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, Uruguay’s oldest church, dating back to 1808 and the "Street of the Sighs" (Calle de los Suspiros).

So let's move on to Colonia del Sacramento Photo Gallery for a visual approach to this cute little town that is Uruguay's historic gem. Enjoy it as much as you can and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions...


Colonia del Sacramento






Photo Credits/Copyright Notice:


Please note that each participating photographer in the Colonia del Sacramento Photo Gallery have a different Creative Commons License under which they choose to share their work on the Net. Just refer to the following list to learn more about it...



1- Colonia del Sacramento 2 by Michael Welch - (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
2- Colonia del Sacramento 4 by Michael Welch - (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
3-A Fixer Upper by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
4- Colonial Charm by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
5-Dining Out by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
6-Calle de San Pedro by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
7-Dining Out by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
8- Old Cars by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
9-Boardwalk by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
10-Colonia del Sacramento 5 by Michael Welch - (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
11-Noche sobre la Historia by Shakira Duarte - (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
12-Iglesia (Church) by Ariel Bentos - (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
13-Entrada a la Historia by Shakira Duarte - (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
14- Pink House by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
15-Old Truck by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
16-Old Trackend Bumper by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
17- Colonial Foot Patrol by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
18-Street Light and Flowers by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
19-Sunset by Carwil Bjork-James - (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
20- Draw Bridge by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
21-Sunset behind the clouds by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
22-Tables with a view by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
23-Fortified by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
24- Colonia del Sacramento 1 by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0
25-Calle de Solis by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0



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