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The Santander Park is the main park of the Colombian cities of Cúcuta and Bucaramanga, though there are other such parks in Bogotá and Neiva. The parks share a namesake with the Colombian departments Santander North and Santander, named in honor of the highly respected hero of Colombian independence, Francisco de Paula Santander, who was born in Cúcuta.
The Santander North park located in this city is found between 5th and 6th Avenue and 10th and 11th Street. Historically, the primary Plaza of San José of Guasimales was located there, a site that played host to the principal events and public spectacles of Cúcutan life. In the center of the park is a bronze statue of General Santander, created by the German sculptor Carl Bornr and dedicated on August 5, 1890.
The political department of Colombia and the Cathedral of San José are located immediately in front of the park. The Cathedral is said to be a considerable architectural feature of the city.