Following the initiative of Minas’ priest José De Luca, and coinciding with the date when the “33 Orientales” landed during their liberation campaign, at the place where Juan Antonio Lavalleja was born, a statue in honour of the Virgin Mary was unveiled in 1901. Mass is said three times during the day and worshipers ask for wishes to be granted and fulfil promises made to the Virgin while they present their offerings and pray to the Virgin to show their devotion. This practice has increased in the recent years. A six-coach train full of worshipers leaves from Montevideo to the ‘Cerro del Verdún’ (Verdún Hill), to visit the Virgin. At the foot of the hill there is a market where all kinds of items can be found, from prayer or saint cards and rosaries to ‘tortas fritas’ (traditional fried dough) and eucalyptus sticks used as walking sticks to aid the pilgrims on the three hundred and seventy metres way up the hill to the statue of the Virgin.
The population of Canelones consisted originally in immigrants from the Canary Islands willing to work the land as a means of subsistence. This is why the city of ‘Las Piedras’ was founded as ‘Villa San Isidro’, after the name of the Spanish Saint of farmers.
The celebration starts with a procession, led by the priest and the altar boys, followed by the statue of the Saint and the parishioners behind them. The children are dressed as farmers and carry baskets full of fruit and vegetables which are handed out from tractors and trailers with agricultural tools to the people taking part in the celebration. The procession ends with a mass in the square in front of the church.
Pancracio, an honest, fourteen year old, Christian convert, had given away all his possessions to the poor. When the Roman Empire Emperor, Diocletian, heard about this, he summoned the young man to make him give up his beliefs, but he did not do so and was beheaded.
San Pancracio is nowadays known as the patron sSaint of jobs and health. In our country, thousands of followers attend the church on the corner of Inca and Pagola Streets in the Villa Muñoz district with food and clothes offerings for the poor.
An interesting fact is that the well-known food market on Inca Street is full of stalls selling non-perishable foods and competing with food offers, facilitating the purchase of the offerings by the devotees at very convenient prices.
Thousands of devotees from all over the country gather in the city of Florida, more precisely in ‘San Cono’s Chapel’, opened in 1885, to worship ‘San Cono’ (Saint brought by Italian immigrants from the region of Teggiano), pray, take part in the procession and the multiple mass services in his honour, and to visit the great market which attracts all kinds of businesses. This celebration is part of the ‘Ruta 5 Sentidos’ project, an interactive tourist initiative which involves the departments of Canelones, Florida and Durazno.
Uruguay has museums, cultural centers, culture houses, and showrooms where a variety of art can be appreciated, from important national artists such as Juan Manuel Blanes, Rafael Barradas, Pedro Figari, Joaquín Torres García, José Cúneo, Luis Alberto Solari, Manuel Espínola Gómez, and Ignacio Iturria, among others.
Every December, “Museums at Night” is celebrated, where the audience and artists of all disciplines – literature, dance, theater, performance, music – participate in a great party.
In Tacuarembó, there is no doubt: Gardel was Uruguayan. The museum welcomes skeptics of the singer's nationality, but eventually they will leave convinced that he was indeed from Uruguay. The museum hosts documentation and proof of the artist's nationality and a great collection of photos of the different film productions he was part of, as well as home photos, and several personal belongings. One of the most striking pieces is Gardel's hat, along with a piano that belonged to Colonel Escayola. Carriages, musical instruments and clothing also make up part of the museum's wealth of antiques and artifacts. A guided visit is recommended, as it is accompanied by the Mago's greatest hits.
The museum is located in Valle Eden (Eden Valley), 23 kilometers from Tacuarembó city.
Discover the biggest collection of living Latin-American artists, stroll under the trees in a 46-hectare park with more than 300 exotic species, and let your imagination fly, courtesy of the mystic Piria Castle. Visit Maldonado and discover a diverse range of museums.
This is a highly recommended activity when visiting Florida, as the microcenter has recently been remodeled following an aesthetic that blends cultural and commercial life.
We recommend starting at the intersection of Antonio M. Fernandez street and U. Barreiro street, and continuing to where Gallinal St meets Ituzaingo St.
The historical Calle Real (Real Street) is now an urban sight where buildings of remarkable architecture can be found, such as the Municipal Market and several mansions dating from the early 20th Century.
The Cultural Center houses a library, a conference room, and a showroom for the arts. The 25 de Agosto Theater, whose front was inspired by the Floridian painter Mario Giacoya and the Democratic Center, with a 100-year history, and buildings by the Spanish and Italian communities, evidence of an important culture of immigration, are some of the attractive spots the area has to offer.
The highlight of the walk can be found around the Intendencia (municipal building), where visitors can walk on a brick road and see works by the Floridian painter Jose Cuneo, whose “moons” traveled around the world.
In the streets neighboring the microcenter, the antique facades of many buildings built before 1900 can be seen, such as the INAU building, constructed in 1872.
We recommend coordinating a visit with the Tourism Division of Florida
Av. Wilson Ferreira Aldunate Street by Aparicio Saravia Street.
Telephone: (+598) 4352- 1738
Every October in Sarandí Grande, time stops and you can return to the year 1825 and the Battle of Sarandí Grande. Since 2004 this 19th Century encounter has been reenacted. The activities usually start with the reception of the Traditionalist Societies that participate in the reenactment and the military camp installation. During the first night of festivities, bonfires and performances are organized in Tomas Berreta Park.
The Gaucho Calvary parade takes place the next day starting from the edge of the park, and a bouquet of flowers is placed on the Juan Antonio Lavalleja Monument towards noon. The reenactment starts after midday, and, at its culmination there are more rodeo and artistic performances to end the festivities. This short reenactment is an excellent opportunity to travel back in time and go deep into Uruguayan history.
The Sarandí Battle was a military encounter that took place October 12th 1825, within the context of the so-called 'Cruzada Libertadora' (Liberty Crucade) between Uruguayan freedom fighters and troops from the Brazilian Empire.
The museum is located in the House of Culture and is home to one of the most relevant collections of images nationwide, owing its grandeur to the labors of professor Aramis Mancebo Rojas.
The Agustín Araújo Museum consists of more than 1200 works within which several important collections can be found, such as the works of Uruguayan painter Diogenes Hequet (52 works), Italian Gofredo Hernenii Somabilla (82 works), and German sculptress and painter Carla Vitte (700 images and 8 sculptures). The museum also has art by Torres García, José Cúneo Perinetti, Santágata, Fernando Cabezudo, and Treinta y Tres' own Juan Antonio de Andrés and Manuel Oribe Sosa, among others.
Address: Pablo Zufriategui 1272
Telephone: (598) 445 22486