Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
In the early 1500s, a Spaniard named Juan Diaz de Solis came to Uruguay and declared it property of the Spanish crown. Solis named the bay of Maldonado and Punta del Este, Santa Maria de la Candelaria. This refers to an ancient myth where the Virgin Mary appears before two shepherds on Tenerife in 1392. Today, the church is considered very important to the locals of Punta del Este.