Wandering through the streets of Colonia del Sacramento I stumbled across a beautiful church called Iglesia Matriz. I quickly took out the information guide that I received from the Hostel to read more about it. It is also called Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento and is the oldest church in Uruguay.
It was built in 1680 but suffered a great deal due to war and/or other reasons. The building itself doesn`t look that old but when you look closer at the entrance you will see parts of the original building and the very old wooden door. The church was in fact rebuilt many times over the years.
The church looks impressive from the outside with two very high towers. I decided to go inside and have a look. I ran my fingers gently over the dark wooden door. The wood was rich,beautiful and full of history. I wonder where it came from.
I closed the doors and was surprised to find the church airy and cool inside. It fascinated me in it`s simplicity. No elaborate decorations or statues. Almost like it was stripped to the bone. Yet, beautiful and tranquil. The way I like to see a church.
I slowly made my way past the rows and rows of wooden benches to have a look at the altar. I have mentioned before that the church suffered a great deal over the years. Apparently a heavy thunderstorm destroyed part of the structure as well as the altar.
The antique details in the church is striking. Beautiful wooden boxes were decorating the walls but for me the most striking was the stone column at the back of the church. It gave me a glimpse back in time.
I am really happy I took the time to go inside. The history of Colonia del Sacramento has been recorded in this church in some ways.
Where to find Iglesia Martiz? It is located to the side of the Plaza de Armas, in the historic district of Colonia del Sacramento.
When: 13 November 2012
Where: Colonia del Sacramento,Uruguay