Santa Fe de Antioquia

Language English, Portuguese, Spanish
Price 160,00 USD for excursion
Capacity Group of up to 5 people
Duration 12 hours

Founded by Marshal Jorge Robledo in Ebéjico Valley, located south of the small town, on December 4, 1541, Santa Fe de Antioquia is located in the West subregion of the department. Before the construction of Tunnel of the West Fernando Gomez Martinez, Santa Fe was at a distance of 79 km from Medellin, with the opening of the tunnel in 2006, this distance was reduced to only 55 km, reducing travel time more than one hour.

Founded the city, Marshal traveled to Spain in 1542 and due to the hostilities of the Indians, was transferred by order of Captain Juan Cabrera in the province of Nore near Frontino, on Thursday 7 September of that year.

On his return from Spain in 1546, Marshal Jorge Robledo founded on the site where today is a mining town called Santa Fe. The founder went south to meet the Adelantado Sebastian de Belalcazar, suffering death to stick on the hill well, near what is now Pácora, on the order of advance.

As Santa Fe began to wane, Don Gaspar de Rodas, sent Belalcazar, repopulated and gave the category of Villa in 1547. In the same year he began his Parish Life.

Later, residents of the city of Antioquia, because of the repeated incursions of the natives, moved to the town of Santa Fe and so the town and the city merged, so from the late sixteenth century (1584) began to be called Santa Fe de Antioquia.

Antioquia received the title of city in 1544 and was awarded coat of arms in 1545.

The government of Antioch was erected in 1569 and was its first governor Andres de Valdivia.

On October 30, 1584, the King of Spain Philip II, by royal decree given in the palace of the Prado, instituted the town of Santa Fe de Antioquia in the capital of the province of Antioquia, a title that I keep until 1826, worth say for 242 years.

This municipality is characterized by frequent mining activity and its rich crop of exotic fruits such as tamarind, pistachio, sugar apple and cherimoya

Santa Fe is a town with a rich history, as in colonial times was the capital of Antioquia department.

In its streets still fragments of Antiochian chronicles of importance as historical heritage, in addition to its remarkable beauty, led the Congress to grant him the title of National Monument in 1960 are preserved.

About seven parks and squares enliven this beautiful Antioquia municipality; Chief Simon Bolivar Park, a large space that preserves the statue of the liberator, is reforested with ceiba trees, palms and mamoncillos, besides offering its surroundings several commercial craft shops and typical fruits of the people.

Santa Barbara Park, the square Our Lady of Carmen and Jesus Nazareno plaza, besides the park Juan Esteban Samara and renowned park Chinca are other places that offer shade and a pleasant atmosphere for tourists and santafereños meeting.

Santa Fe de Antioquia in recent years [edit]

The opening of the tunnel of the West (which reduces the time and the distance between the locality and Medellín) in 2006, has allowed hundreds of tourists arrive every weekend, stimulating the vocation of the town as a summer resort.

In recent years, there has been a remarkable growth of tourism, hotels, lodges and condominiums; currently they abound. Events like the film festival, joined the colonial architecture, the dry tropical climate, abundant supply of fruits and many more attractions, the have become a tourist destination frontline.

The whole town itself is a site of interest. The architecture that has survived through the years, gives Santa Fe de Antioquia the appearance of a "stagnant" of the colonial era city so the city itself was declared a national monument

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