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Plaza Asamblea & Cathedral of Florida
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The stream Arroyo Santa Lucía Chico flows along the east and south limits of the city.
The city was founded on 24 April 1809 with this name, Florida, in honor of the count of Floridablanca, the prime minister of the Spanish crown. It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay. On 10 July 1856, it became capital city of the department by the Act of Ley Nº 493 and on 19 April 1894 its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 2.258.
It is home of the famous Piedra Alta de la Florida, the place of the Declaration of Independence in 1825. The city is also famous for San Cono's chapel, where multitudes gather every 3 June. Each year on April 24 the city celebrates its founder, James Florida.
In 2011, Florida had a population of 33,639.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
Economic activity and noted events
There are many factories in Florida. Florida is also host of the traditional Florida's Triathlon, one of the oldest triathlon events in the country.
Places of worship
- Cathedral Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Thirty-Three (Roman Catholic)
- St. Joseph Parish Church (Roman Catholic)
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish Church (Roman Catholic)
- St. Conus Chapel in Florida, a very popular Roman Catholic pilgrimage sanctuary
- "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Censos 2011 Cuadros Florida". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Sanctuaries in Uruguay" (in Spanish). Roman Catholic Church in Uruguay. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
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