Plaza Constitución in Trinidad
|Founded by||José Gervasio Artigas|
|Elevation||134 m (440 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC -3|
|Dial plan||+598 4364 (+4 digits)|
The city is located on the intersection of Route 3 with Route 14.
Trinidad occupies an area of 5.5 square kilometres (2.1 sq mi) on an altitude of 134 metres (440 ft) above sea level.
Initially it was called "Porongos". Even to this day, the inhabitants of the city are referred to as either 'trinitarios' or 'porongueros'.
Porongos was founded on 18 July 1805 by General José Gervasio Artigas, the Uruguayan independence leader. It had acquired the status of "Pueblo" (village) before the Independence of Uruguay. It reached the status of "Villa" (town) under the name "Villa de Porongos". It was renamed to "Villa de la Santísima Trinidad" (Most Holy Trinity) and became capital of the newly created Department of Flores on 30 December 1885 by the Act of Ley Nº 1.854. Its naming reflects a less secular period in the country's history.
In July 1903 it was renamed "Trinidad" and its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 2.829.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
A nature reserve with a variety of flora and fauna is situated 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) west of the city, on Route 3.
Places of worship
Following a sizeable meeting in Trinidad in 2007, the 'Vamos Uruguay' grouping within the Colorado Party was founded by Pedro Bordaberry Herrán, the front-running Presidential candidate of the Colorados for 2009. Following these beginnings in Trinidad, local chapters of the organization were subsequently established in many departments of Uruguay.
- Chory Castro (born 1984), football player
- "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004) (see also "Porongos" and "Santísima Trinidad")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "Censos 2011 Cuadros Flores". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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