Chiquinquirá

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Chiquinquirá
Municipality and town
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Flag of Chiquinquirá
Flag
Official seal of Chiquinquirá
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Chiquinquirá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Chiquinquirá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Chiquinquirá is located in Colombia
Chiquinquirá
Chiquinquirá
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°37′08″N 73°49′12″W / 5.61889°N 73.82000°W / 5.61889; -73.82000
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Western Boyacá Province
Mayor Nelson Orlando Rincón Sierra
Government
 • Founded 1810
Area
 • Total 133 km2 (51 sq mi)
Elevation 2,556 m (8,386 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 52,601
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Demonym Chiquinquireño
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Postal code 154640-49
Area code(s) 57 + 8
Website Official website (Spanish)

Chiquinquirá is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá,[1] part of the subregion of the Western Boyacá Province. Located some 115 km north of Bogotá, Chiquinquirá is 2570 m (8432 ft) above sea level and has a yearly average temperature 58°F.

Chiquinquirá is constituted by two zones: the urban zone or town which is formed by approximately 40 neighborhoods between the strata 1 and 4, and the rural zone which is divided in 17 sub zones located around the city.

Chiquinquirá is considered to be the religious capital of Colombia. It is home to the Basílica de Chiquinquirá, which houses the image of the Virgen de Chiquinquirá, the patroness saint of Colombia. Chiquinquirá is a major point of religious pilgrimage (source: Colombia Lonely Planet Guide, 2nd Edition, 1995).

The painting of the Virgin Mary at Chiquinquirá

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alcaldía de Chiquinquirá - Boyacá". Gobierno en Línea.net. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 

Coordinates: 5°38′N 73°45′W / 5.633°N 73.750°W / 5.633; -73.750