Trinidad, Uruguay

Capital city

Plaza Constitución in Trinidad

Location in Uruguay

Coordinates: 33°32′0″S 56°53′0″W / 33.53333°S 56.88333°W / -33.53333; -56.88333Coordinates: 33°32′0″S 56°53′0″W / 33.53333°S 56.88333°W / -33.53333; -56.88333
Country  Uruguay
Department Flores Department
Founded 1805
Founded by José Gervasio Artigas
Elevation 134 m (440 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 21,429
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 85000
Dial plan +598 4364 (+4 digits)
Climate Cfa

Trinidad (Spanish pronunciation: [tɾiniˈðað]) is the capital city of Flores in southern Uruguay.


The city is located on the intersection of Route 3 with Route 14.


The stream Arroyo Sarandí, flows 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of the city, while the stream Arroyo Porongos flows 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of the city, both tributaries of the river Río Yí.

Trinidad occupies an area of 5.5 square kilometres (2.1 sq mi) on an altitude of 134 metres (440 ft) above sea level.


Initially it was called "Porongos". Even to this day, the inhabitants of the city are referred to as either 'trinitarios' or 'porongueros'.

Porongos was founded on 18 July 1805 by General José Gervasio Artigas, the Uruguayan independence leader. It had acquired the status of "Pueblo" (village) before the Independence of Uruguay. It reached the status of "Villa" (town) under the name "Villa de Porongos". It was renamed to "Villa de la Santísima Trinidad" (Most Holy Trinity) and became capital of the newly created Department of Flores on 30 December 1885 by the Act of Ley Nº 1.854.[1] Its naming reflects a less secular period in the country's history.

In July 1903 it was renamed "Trinidad" and its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 2.829.[1]


In 2011, Trinidad had a population of 21,429.[2] This makes Trinidad the largest city by far in the department of Flores.

Year Population
1908 8,317
1963 15,455
1975 17,597
1985 18,372
1996 20,031
2004 20,982
2011 21,429

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]


A nature reserve with a variety of flora and fauna is situated 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) west of the city, on Route 3.

Nearby there are interesting prehistoric sites to visit: the Palace Cave and the rock paintings at Chamangá.

Places of worship


Following a sizeable meeting in Trinidad in 2007, the 'Vamos Uruguay' grouping within the Colorado Party was founded by Pedro Bordaberry Herrán, the front-running Presidential candidate of the Colorados for 2009. Following these beginnings in Trinidad, local chapters of the organization were subsequently established in many departments of Uruguay.

Notable people

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004) (see also "Porongos" and "Santísima Trinidad")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  2. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Flores". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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