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Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1680
Date of Inscription: 1995
Location: South America, Uruguay, Department de Colonia
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Description: The Portuguese founded the city of Colonia del Sacramento in 1680 on the Río de la Plata; it held a strategic importance in resisting the Spanish. The founders, in the end, lost it after quarreling over it for a century. The well-preserved urban landscape successfully demonstrates the synthesis of Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Colonia del Sacramento (formerly the Portuguese Colônia do Sacramento) is a city in southwestern Uruguay, by the Río de la Plata, facing Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the oldest town in the country and capital of the departamento of Colonia. It has a population of 21,714 (2004 census). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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