Rosario, Uruguay

For other uses, see Rosario (disambiguation).

Paso Arbayo, Rosario.

Location within Uruguay

Coordinates: 34°18′50″S 57°21′09″W / 34.31389°S 57.35250°W / -34.31389; -57.35250Coordinates: 34°18′50″S 57°21′09″W / 34.31389°S 57.35250°W / -34.31389; -57.35250
Country  Uruguay
Department Colonia Department
Founded 1775
Founded by Benito Herosa
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 10,085
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 70200
Dial plan +598 455 (+5 digits)

Rosario, also known as Rosario Oriental, Villa del Rosario, or Rosario del Colla, is a small city located within the Colonia Department, in southern Uruguay. It is home to about 10,000 people.


It is located on the south end of Route 2, about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of its intersection with Route 1 (at kilometre 130 of the later). It is about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) (by road) west of Nueva Helvecia and 51 kilometres (32 mi) east-northeast of the department catital city Colonia del Sacramento.


The stream Arroyo Colla flows along the north and northeastern limits of the city, while at the southeast edge of the city, it flows into the river Río Rosario.


The city was founded on 24 January 1775 by Benito Herosa. The place soon became notorious for having witnessed a series of battles during the struggle for independence from Spain in 1811.

Rosario's first inhabitant is believed to have been Pascual de Chena, an amerindian of Colla descent. Today, a square and a brook are named after him. Even the alternative name of the city, Rosario del Colla, makes reference to this fact.

Even before the Independence of Uruguay, Rosario had received the status of "Villa" (town). Its status was elevated to "City" category on 17 August 1920 by the Act of Ley Nº 7.257.[1]


In 2011 Rosario had a population of 10,085.[2]

Year Population
1908 10,682
1963 7,705
1975 8,292
1985 8,879
1996 9,428
2004 9,311
2011 10,085*

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]
* In the census of 2011, the population of the small hamlet Pastoreo (465 inh. in 2004) has been incorporated to the censual area of Rosario.

Places of worship


The city mayor as of July 2010 is Daniel Dibot.[3]

Notable people


  1. 1 2 "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  2. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Colonia". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. "MUNICIPIOS DE URUGUAY" at the Intendents' Congress website (Spanish)
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