Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Stroll in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

The weathered color and patina of the stucco facades of buildings in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, is part of its charm. Colonia was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, but became Spanish in the 1770's.
The preservation of the colonial streets and buildings make Colonia deserving of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This cobblestone street is an explosion of color.
The colors and textures of Colonia make it a feast for the eyes of photographers and artists.
The twin towers of the old church of Colonia peak above the tree line, without competition from modern buildings to detract from the view. Colonia was at times a Portugese and at times Spanish colonial town at the southern tip of Uruguay.
Modern development bypassed Colonia, so it today has retained the ambiance and charm of its Portugese and Spanish colonial era.
Colonia is located across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, about 13 miles (20 km) away. It is reached by frequent passenger boat service on the Buquebus (a hydrofoil), which takes about an hour, and is very comfortable with upholstered, but roomy airplane style reclining seats.

10 comments:

brattcat said...

That looks like a good-sized cruise ship in the last photo but the streets are pretty empty. There are some great shots in this series. I particularly like the colors and textures.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This a beautiful post full of gorgeous pictues and a good text!

James said...

Wonderful photos!

JM said...

As I've never been to Uruguay, I particularly enjoy this post. The stone house looks like those in the villages of inner northern Portugal. Lovely photos!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Brattcat,
It is not a cruise ship. It is the ferry that goes back and forth from Buenos Aires across the wide mouth (12 or so miles (18 km) of the Rio de la Plata.

glenda said...

What a beautiful little town. The flowers are so colorful and the buildings really interesting.

Lois said...

All of your pictures of this beautiful place are so lovely Julie!

Samson said...

Beautiful Photos and beautiful town, love the first photo a lot, nice color's and texture... thanks for sharing

Thérèse said...

Stones and patina marry so well.

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