Welcome to San José de Mayo, the beautiful and historic capital city of the San José Department in southern Uruguay. This charming city offers a unique blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and natural beauty that is sure to enchant any traveler.
Located at the center of the state, on the intersection of Route 3 with Route 11, San José de Mayo is easily accessible from the center of Montevideo, just 90 kilometers away. The city is also connected by railway to Colonia and the northwest of the country.
San José de Mayo was founded on July 1, 1783, and has a long and storied history that can be seen in its many landmarks and historic sites. The city was elevated to Ciudad (city) status on July 12, 1856, and became a commercial and cultural center during the 19th century.
One of the most famous landmarks in San José de Mayo is the Teatro Macció, a beautiful theater that was constructed at the turn of the 20th century. The city is also home to several beautiful churches, including the Cathedral Basilica and National Sanctuary of St. Joseph, Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompei Parish Church, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church, and Our Lady of the Orchard Chapel.
San José de Mayo is a vibrant and bustling city that is an active regional commercial and financial center. Its economy is primarily linked to cattle ranching and agro-industrial activities, including dairy products, packing houses, mills, and chemicals.
Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or natural beauty, San José de Mayo has something to offer everyone. So come and explore this hidden gem, and discover why it should be on every traveler’s bucket list!
– Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
– INE map of San José de Mayo