Fortress of Santa Teresa, Rocha

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Fortress of Santa Teresa remains one of the few remaining colonial-era fortifications in South America. Erected by the Portuguese in 1762, the fort sits on a rocky outcrop in a region known for its expansive dunes and wetlands. The structure's granite walls neatly complement the surrounding scenery, and the restored interiors and grand doors create an imposing atmosphere within the pentagon-shaped compound. Offering insights into the battles once waged here and the lives of those who fought them, the onsite museum exhibits artifacts from the colonial period. To visit Fortress of Santa Teresa on your trip to Rocha, use our Rocha trip planner.
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  • It’s worth this travel to see this magnificent Fortaleza built by the Portugueses in 1762 and rebuilt by tha Uruguay government. Beautiful and very historic  more »
  • Neat pentagon-shaped fortress built by the Portuguese in the XVIII century right in the middle of the national park. The museum is not well equipped though and they could have done a better job in...  more »
  • A magical place, that besides nature has this Fortress.
  • 45 minutes attraction

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