We began our tour of Colonia del Sacramento on the former draw bridge at the historic entrance through the stone wall that protected colony. Founded as a fort, the town’s many older buildings, fortress walls and stone streets are still in place along the river. After a brief introduction and quick tour of a few of the nearby shops by our guide, we were left on our own to discover the town on our own.
The following gallery of photographs will give you a glimpse of the Historic Quarters. . . its architecture, streets, natural building materials, beautiful flowering trees, and gentle, quiet character. The town is the oldest settlement in Uruguay and one of the oldest cities in South America.
Below are examples of old tile clay roofs, uneven from the way they were made (wet clay pressed over the craftsman’s thigh), rich colorful painted stucco (weathered from centuries of wind and rain), uneven cobblestone roads, hand laid rock walls, and creative signs that are all part of the Historic Quarter.