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“Beautiful church”
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.
Natal
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“Beautiful church”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Although it is not spectacular, it is worth a visit. It is a piece of the conflicting Colonia past. The church is well maintained and is located in a very pleasant part of the city.

Visited December 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“As basic a church as you can find”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Nice outdoor views, especially when the light shines through the bell towers, but the inside is very plain, not ornate in any way.

Visited November 2013
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Australia
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“Serene and charming church....”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

This Basilica looks more impressive from the outside with its twin towers and onion shaped domes; clock face and bell. As Uruguay’s oldest church it has been wholly rebuilt twice and is adjacent to Plaza de Armas.

As most of the historical buildings are mostly one or two storeys, the church dominates the town’s skyline along with the only other sentinel – the lighthouse.

Compared to many South American Churches, this Basilica is rather simple and austere in comparison. It still houses an original font from the 1700’s; a crucifix carved by Indians from the Missions, a figure of St Francis of Assisi and a shrine.

Gentle arches flank the main nave and the ceiling is painted white - we felt the serenity here after visiting more ornately decorated churches and the pews are also a welcoming aspect of this charming church.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited February 2013
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Hobart
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“Lovely old church in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

This church has stood in Colonia since the C16th, and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The Portuguese built in brick and the Spanish built in stone. Inside the layout is simple and authentic and the acoustics are good. Lovely place. We had lunch at El Drugstore, over the road, which was also great fun.

Visited August 2013
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Rome, Italy
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“Could be better”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Dissapointing as all the fresos and paintings are gone and the church is practically empty of everything. Must have been beatiful in the past.

Visited February 2013
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