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Colonia Suiza (Uruguay)

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Colonia Suiza or Nueva Helvecia is a city in Uruguay.

Situated around 60km southeast of Colonia del Sacramento, this little town looks a bit like transplanted from Switzerland to South America.

The town was founded by Swiss and German settlers on April 25, 1862, which started to grow crops. It soon became one of the most important agricultural areas in Uruguay. It was here where in 1868 the first mechanical threshing machine of Uruguay was installed, followed in 1876 by the first steam-powered mill.

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  • Plaza de los Fundadores, designed by architect Luis Mazzini, with its monument and the flower clock.
  • Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Schoenstatt, built in 1943, in the Parqe del Colegio de Hermanas.
  • Escuela de Lecheria (dairy college)
  • Molino Quemado (Steam mill) built in 1876
  • 'Tanque de OSE
  • Capilla Catolica (catholic chapel)
  • Cooperativa de Viticultores Ozark (Winegrowers cooperative)
  • Tiro Suizo
  • Parque Municipal Jose Pedro Varela, with campsite and public swimming pool

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  • The traditional market on wednesday mornings.

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