Villa de Leyva

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religious art

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", for "little hell" in Spanish). There is also a group of seven waterfalls named "La Piriquera" 15 km away from the town. The '''El Fósil''' (Spanish (Spanish language) for ''the fossil'') museum, about three miles from town, has an almost complete kronosaurus fossil on display, in the same place in which it was found in 1977. There are several festivals held throughout the year, including

attractions include the historic Candelaria (La Candelaria) district of central Bogotá, the walled city and beaches of Cartagena (Cartagena, Colombia), the colonial towns of Santa Fe de Antioquia, Popayán, Villa de Leyva and Santa Cruz de Mompox, and the Las Lajas Sanctuary and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Tourists are also drawn to Colombia's numerous festivals (Festivals in Colombia), including Medellín's Festival of the Flowers, the Barranquilla's

of the independence movement in the New Granada (Viceroyalty of New Granada) (present day Colombia.) DATE OF DEATH December 13, 1823 PLACE OF DEATH Villa de Leyva, Cundinamarca (Boyacá Department), Colombia (Gran Colombia) Tunja is a tourist (#Tourism) destination. In addition to its religious and historical sites it is host to several internationally known festivals (#Festivals) and is a jumping-off point for regional tourist destinations such as Villa de Leyva


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de Leyva in popular culture *Part of the film ''Cobra Verde'' by Werner Herzog was filmed here. *A Spanish-language soap opera version of the Zorro story has been filmed here, as of 2007, by the Colombian production company RTI, distributed in the United States by Telemundo. *Florentino Ariza, the main character of the book and film Love in the Time of Cholera spends part of his life here. *Antonio Ricaurte, Captain in Bolivar's army, active in the war of independence of Venezuela and Colombia, was born in Villa de Leyva. * House of the first Congress, The house were the first congress of the united provinces of Nueva Granada, was established on October 4, 1812, is located on the north corner of the main plaza. It is currently the site of the municipal council. References commons:Villa de Leyva


fossil

", for "little hell" in Spanish). There is also a group of seven waterfalls named "La Piriquera" 15 km away from the town. The '''El Fósil''' (Spanish (Spanish language) for ''the fossil'') museum, about three miles from town, has an almost complete kronosaurus fossil on display, in the same place in which it was found in 1977. There are several festivals held throughout the year, including

long directions About 5.5km on the road to Santa Sofía phone tollfree fax hours Open : M-Su 7am-6pm price Entrance: Adults: COP $4000 Children: COP $3000 content Nearly complete fossil of a chronosaur. * *


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, unique in Latin-America. Villa de Leyva is located at 2.143 meters above sea level, with a lovely temperature of 18oC and a population of 12.000 inhabitants. Its size is 128 km2. Villa de Leyva’s borders are: Arcabuco and Gachantiva in the north, Sachica and Chíquiza to the south, Chíquiza and San Pedro de Iguaque to the east and Santa Sofia, Sutamarchan and Gachantiva to the west. The Iguaque’s Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna is an ecological reserve (6.700 hectares). It is home to a great

variety of native species and is a part of the National Parks Unit. The reserve goes from 2.800 to 3.800 meters above sea level, and it is possible to see different kinds of ecosystems like the Andean high jungle, and the Stunted Jungle which reaches the majestic Moor called Paramo. Apart from these reasons, The Iguaque Sanctuary is also a very important reserve of water for the entire region. Also, it has eight glacier lakes, one of which contains the origins of the Bachue legend. A variety


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& 2pm-5pm Su and holidays 9am-3pm price Entrance : COP$ 2,000 content A collection of fossils. * *

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: W-F 9am-12am & 2pm-5pm Sa, Su and holidays 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm price content Military museum in the former house of Antonio Ricaurte *


popular culture

de Leyva in popular culture *Part of the film ''Cobra Verde'' by Werner Herzog was filmed here. *A Spanish-language soap opera version of the Zorro story has been filmed here, as of 2007, by the Colombian production company RTI, distributed in the United States by Telemundo. *Florentino Ariza, the main character of the book and film Love in the Time of Cholera spends part of his life here. *Antonio Ricaurte, Captain in Bolivar's army, active in the war of independence of Venezuela and Colombia, was born in Villa de Leyva. * House of the first Congress, The house were the first congress of the united provinces of Nueva Granada, was established on October 4, 1812, is located on the north corner of the main plaza. It is currently the site of the municipal council. References commons:Villa de Leyva


impressive collection

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of Granada Sr. Andres Díaz Venero de Leyva. Initially Villa de Leyva was established close to the Indian Astronomic Observatory in a place called Zaquencipá Valley, and then twelve years later was moved to its actual location. During the colonisation, Villa de Leyva was a principal producer of oil olive and some cereals, especially wheat and barley. It was chosen as a favorite place for Spanish families and especially as place to rest for viceroys. Villa de Leyva was home of the Captain Antonio

by the first president of the New Kingdom of Granada Sr. Andres Díaz Venero de Leyva. Initially Villa de Leyva was established close to the Indian Astronomic Observatory in a place called Zaquencipá Valley, and then twelve years later was moved to its actual location. During the colonisation, Villa de Leyva was a principal producer of oil olive and some cereals, especially wheat and barley. It was chosen as a favorite place for Spanish families and especially as place to rest for viceroys. Villa de


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on November 27, 1811, with a weak federal government, but Cundinamarca rejected the Union. The Congress and Cundinamarca could not agree on whether the former viceroyalty was to have a centralist government or a federal one. At the same time, popular agitation in Cartagena lead it to declare independence on November 11, 1811, the first province in New Granada to do so. (The day is also today a national holiday (Public holidays in Colombia) in Colombia.) Other regions of the New Kingdom of Granada established their own governments and confederations (for example, the Friend Cities of the Cauca Valley, 1811–1812) or remained royalist (royalist (Hispanic American Revolution)). Officially the cities called themselves the ''Ciudades amigas del Valle del Cauca''; historians refer to them as the "Confederated Cities of the Valle del Cauca." Zawadzky C., Alfonso. ''Comentario al libro'' Las Ciudades Confederadas del Valle del Cauca. (Bogotá: Editorial Librería Voluntad, S.A., 1943). commons:Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

'''Villa de Leyva''' is a colonial town and municipality, in the Boyacá (Boyacá Department) department of Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. The town is located 40 km west of Tunja and has a population of about 9,600 people. It is "three and a half hours by car or bus from Bogotá." Villa de Leyva is considered one of the finest colonial villages of Colombia, and was declared a National Monument on December 17, 1954 to preserve its architecture. It is located at a high altitude valley of 2,144 meters (7034.12 feet). Many fossils from the Mesozoic and the Cretaceous have been found in the area.

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