Villa Soriano

Villa Soriano
Santo Domingo de Soriano
Villa Soriano

Location in Uruguay

Coordinates: 33°24′0″S 58°19′12″W / 33.40000°S 58.32000°W / -33.40000; -58.32000Coordinates: 33°24′0″S 58°19′12″W / 33.40000°S 58.32000°W / -33.40000; -58.32000
Country  Uruguay
Department Soriano Department
Population (2011)
  Total 1,124
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 75005
Dial plan +598 453 (+5 digits)

Villa Soriano is a town in the Soriano Department of Uruguay. Historically, it was also known as Santo Domingo de Soriano. It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay.[1]


It is located on the northwest end of Route 96, on the south bank of the river Río Negro, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) before it discharges into Río Uruguay.


In 1624, a Franciscan Mission established a reduction for the indigenous tribes of the area named Santo Domingo de Soriano. It constituted the first permanent European settlement on Uruguayan soil, predating the foundation of Colonia del Sacramento by more than fifty years. It was moved to its current location in 1708. The construction of its church began in 1751.

The town has strong associations with General José Gervasio Artigas, who is honoured by Uruguayans as the 19th century liberator of the country.

Cemetery in Villa Soriano


In 2011, Villa Soriano had a population of 1,124.[2]

Year Population
1908 6,303
1963 1,036
1975 1,120
1985 1,068
1996 1,074
2004 1,184
2011 1,124

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]

Places of worship

See also


  1. 1 2 "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Soriano". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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