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Review of Iglesia Matriz

Iglesia Matriz
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Owner description: Strikingly stark and simple in design, this 17th-century church is one of the oldest in Uruguay.
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The oldest church in the city. It dates from 1680. Of course, this is not the original one which was small and unpretentious. The present church dates back to 1810.

Some 40 years ago it underwent a serious restoration, including a conceptual refurbishment.

A World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Next to the Plaza Mayor in the Historic Centre.

Thank Betty P
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

This was right across the square from where we had lunch, so it was an easy decision to stop in. I've called it quirky because it certainly didn't have the traditional ornamentation one expects in a Catholic church. There were wooden sculptures hanging from the ceiling and a paper grotto where the fake rocks were made out of wadded up pieces of paper. This is easily worth the 10 minutes of your time that it take to venture in.

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2  Thank dskid
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Twin tower white exterior dominates Plaza de Armas
The white colour scheme continues into the interior with little of the paraphanalia you would expect in later catholic churches

1  Thank Darrel J
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This church has an amazing good vibe, you feel so good inside!!! I loved this place, simply amazing!!!!

Thank Vanessa L
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The first church in Colonia . It has the typical Portuguese base and later Spanish additions . This is a must see in Colonia

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