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|• Total||8.2 km2 (3.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||140 m (460 ft)|
|• Density||4,745/km2 (12,290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC -3|
|Dial plan||+598 444 (+5 digits)|
It lies between hill ranges and the basins of the Arroyo San Francisco and Arroyo Campanero streams.
A town was founded here in 1783 as "Villa de la Concepción de las Minas" when a number of families from the Asturias and Galicia regions of Spain settled in the area following a frustrated attempt to populate Patagonia. The idea of a city in the area was first raised in 1753 by Jose Joaquin de Viana, the governor of Montevideo, who wanted to create a population centre in "the zones of the mines". He commissioned Rafael Perez Del Puerto to design the layout of the city, the basis of which remains in place today.
On October 8th, 1830, it was declared a town, and on June 16th, 1837, by decree Ley Nº 158, it became the capital of the "Department of Minas". On May 16th, 1888, its status was elevated city) by decree Ley Nº 1.980. On December 26th, 1927, after the renaming of the department, it became the capital of the "Department of Lavalleja" by decree Ley Nº 8.187.
- Blanes Viale: 104
- Barrio La Coronilla - Ancap: 301
- San Francisco de las Sierras: 58
As a result, the total population of the Minas area can be said to be 38,909.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
- In the city
In the northeastern part of the city, there is the big Parque Rodó, which contains a zoological garden, a public open air swimming pool, an area for picnics, and a small soccer field.
At the east end of the city is Cerro Artigas, a hill with a park containing a statue of the 19th-century Uruguayan hero General José Artigas on horseback.
- Surrounding area
The Parque Salto del Penitente lies 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of the city; 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) to the west-southwest is Parque Salus and 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the southeast is the Parque de Vacaciones UTE-ANTEL, a park for the vacation use of employees of the Uruguayan Electricity Company and the Uruguayan Telecommunications Company. Villa Serrana is a scenic village located in the hills about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Minas.
Places of worship
- Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic)
- St. Joseph Parish Church (Roman Catholic)
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish Church (Roman Catholic, Redemptorists)
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church (Roman Catholic)
- Our Lady of Verdun National Sanctuary, a popular pilgrimage shrine on top of Verdún Hill
Minas is the birthplace of:
- Juan Antonio Lavalleja, the revolutionary leader during Uruguayan independence, after whom the department is named.
- Juan José Morosoli, Uruguayan writer.
- Arturo Ardao, Uruguayan philosopher and historian.
- Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan professional soccer player.
- "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)". INE. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "Censos 2011 Cuadros Lavalleja". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Censos 2011 Lavalleja". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Verdun Sanctuary (in Spanish)