Thursday, July 16, 2009

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Cobblestone Road in Barrio Historico, the Old City Center of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, a small provincial town directly across the Silver River from Buenos Aires, is a nice and silent refuge for stressed metropolitans and tourists alike. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese colonial administrator Manuel de Lobo, it remained the only permanent Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata. A special site worth seeing is the old historic quarter, the Barrío Historico, which was named an UNESCO heritage site in the mid 1990s.

9 comments:

Marie-Noyale said...

A total change of mind from the busy city, I guess..and lovely too it seems.
But why would you want to leave the Best second city to visit in the world!!!! ;~)))

RogerB said...

I like the architecture. This photo would also be interesting in B & W.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

@Marie-Noyale
Just for the tremendous come back feeling to #2 city. (; Well, a lot of people only go to Colonia to do the visa run although there are other possibilities such as the migraciones offices in Puerto Madero.

Jacob said...

What a place! I want to wander about therein. Look at that car, too. You know, this could be a photo from the 40s...except it's too colorful and bright and beautiful...

bfarr said...

I like the look of this street. Looks like a nice place to relax after the hussle in the big city.

AB said...

You could have told me this was a sleepy town in Spain and I would have believed you.

B SQUARED said...

Looks like a nice place to escape to

Hilda said...

Even the car looks historic!
Looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is the kind of place I love to explore when I travel.