Las Piedras, Uruguay
The Obelisc of Las Piedras
|Elevation||81 m (266 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC -3|
|Dial plan||+598 2 (+7 digits)|
Las Piedras is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs.
The city is located on the east side of Route 5, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) north of the border with Montevideo Department. Bordering La Paz to the south and Montevideo to the southeast, it belongs to the wider metropolitan area of Montevideo. The stream Arroyo de Las Piedras flows by the city.
Las Piedras was founded in 1744 under the name "San Isidro".
On May 18, 1811 the Uruguayan independence leader don José Gervasio Artigas led patriot forces to victory against Spain at the Battle of Las Piedras. While not the definitive event in the country's independence process, it marked a significant step towards the eventual establishment of an independent Uruguay.
It had acquired the status of "Pueblo" (village) before the Independence of Uruguay. Its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) on 15 May 1925 by the Act of Ley Nº 7.837.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
Places of worship
- Isidore the Laborer Parish Church (Roman Catholic, Salesians of Don Bosco)
- St. Adolph Parish Church in El Dorado (Roman Catholic)
- Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish Church in San Isidro (Roman Catholic, Pilgrims of the Eucharist)
- St. Anthony of Padua Church in Pueblo Nuevo (Roman Catholic)
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Las Piedras has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
- "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004) (see also "San Isidro")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Censos 2011 Cuadros Canelones". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "ELECCIONES - Canelones". El Observador. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
- St. Isidore the Laborer (Spanish)
- Climate Summary for Las Piedras, Uruguay
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