Nueva Palmira

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Nueva Palmira
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Nueva Palmira is located in Uruguay
Nueva Palmira
Nueva Palmira
Coordinates: 33°53′0″S 58°25′0″W / 33.88333°S 58.41667°W / -33.88333; -58.41667
Country  Uruguay
Department  Colonia
Founded 1831
Founded by Felipe Santiago Torres Leiva
Population (2011 Census)
 • Total 9,857
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 70101
Dial plan +598 4544 (+4 digits)

Nueva Palmira is a city in Colonia Department in southwestern Uruguay.


It is located on the east bank of Uruguay River, about 86 kilometres (53 mi) northwest of the departmental capital Colonia del Sacramento.


A "Pueblo" (village) named "Higueritas" was founded here on 26 October 1831 by Felipe Santiago Torres Leiva. Its status was elevated to "Villa" (town) by the Act of Ley Nº 7.257 on 17 August 1920 and then to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 11961 on 1 July 1953.[1] The city got its name from the ancient city of Palmira in Syria (Aramaic for City of Date Trees).[2]


In 2011 Nueva Palmira had a population of 9,857.[3]

Year Population
1908 4,191
1963 6,307
1975 7,146
1985 7,151
1996 8,339
2004 9,230
2011 9,857

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]


Nueva Palmira is considered the second most important commercial port in Uruguay after the Port of Montevideo and offers docking facility for yachts. There are several beaches along its shore, like Playa Higuerita, Playa Eolo, Playa Corbacho and Playa Los Vascos, while the northern end of the city, along the shore, is a resort called Balneario Brisas del Uruguay.

Main streets and squares[edit]

The main streets are General J.G. Artigas and fellipe Fontana, both running SE to NW, converge at the southeastern end of town and join with Ruta 21 towards Carmelo. The other main street, Chile, runs SW to NE and extends to Ruta 21 towards Dolores and Mercedes of Soriano Department.

The main squares of the city are Plaza de los 33 Patriotas, which takes up two blocks and extends to the Muelle Viejo (Old Dock) at the waterfront, and Plaza Artigas, featuring a monument to José Gervasio Artigas and the main church of the city. There is also Plaza de Deportes which offers open doors sports facilities. The city has also a zoological garden in its northern part.

Places of worship[edit]


The city mayor as of July 2010 is Andrés Passarino.[4]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  2. ^ "La importancia de Nueva Palmira". El Pais. 2007-01-31. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Colonia". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ "MUNICIPIOS DE URUGUAY" at the Intendents' Congress website Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. (in Spanish)

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