Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Walls, windows and doors in Colonia

December 6, 2011
  Before we leave for Rosario, here are a few more photos of the beautiful Colonia del Sacramento.  Founded in 1680 by the Portugese, it was highly sought and fought over by the Spainards and the original walled fortifications still stand.  The entry portal looks like it was transported from Portugal, complete with a 330 year old crest above the door.  The low buildings, made of stone, brick and with red tile roofs are in a style known as "Portugese" and are surrounded by sycamore trees. The town now survives on tourism and after the collapse of the Argentine economy in 2001 the town suffered badly.  Now the economy is doing well in Argentina and the hoards of tourists arrive with cameras every day.  We stayed overnight and there were few tourists as we walked the streets in the evening and early the next day. The fruit and wine are excellent.  A delightful town to explore.

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