Concepción is a city in northern Paraguay and capital of the Concepción Province. It lies on the Paraguay River.
Founded by a Spanish Governor, named Agustín Fernado de Pinedo, the town prospered in the early years of the 20th century, as a centre for the north of the country, exploiting the new wealth of the Gran Chaco, and a river port. The town was also a center for the Paraguayan Civil War of 1947. The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Concepción en Paraguay.
Open Water Swimming
María Digna Escurra de Ortellado (known as the Sirena del río Paraguay or Paraguay River Mermaid) swam 318 kilometers (197.6 miles) from Concepción to Puerto Pilcomayo on 25 March 1957 in 80 hours 45 minutes along the Paraguay River that flows through the countries Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay.