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Dolores is a city in the Soriano Department of western Uruguay.

Dolores is located in Uruguay
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 33°32′S 58°13′W / 33.533°S 58.217°W / -33.533; -58.217Coordinates: 33°32′S 58°13′W / 33.533°S 58.217°W / -33.533; -58.217
Country Uruguay
Department Soriano
 (2011 Census)
 • Total17,174
Time zoneUTC -3
Postal code
Dial plan+598 4534 (+4 digits)



The city is located in the west part of the Soriano's department, on the left banks of San Salvador River, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) before it discharges into the Uruguay River. It is almost entirely surrounded by the populated rural area known as Chacras de Dolores. It has a natural port and is connected with the rest of the country by Routes 21 and 96.


It was founded in September 1801. It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay under the name "San Salvador". On 26 November 1923, its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 7.652.[1]

2016 tornadoEdit

On April 15, 2016, a major tornado struck Dolores, killing four people and injuring 200 more.[2]


In 2011, Dolores had a population of 17,174.[3] Together with the surrounding rural inhabitants of Chacras de Dolores, they form a population centre of more than 19,000.

Year Population
1901 3,170
1963 12,480
1975 13,322
1985 13,084
1996 14,784
2004 15,753
2011 17,174

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]

Places of worshipEdit


  1. ^ a b "Statistics of urban localities (1963–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.[dead link]
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  3. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Soriano". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

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