Tenjo

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Tenjo
town
Overview
Overview
Flag of Tenjo
Flag
Official seal of Tenjo
Seal
Location of the town and municipality of Tenjo in Cundinamarca Department.
Location of the town and municipality of Tenjo in Cundinamarca Department.
Coordinates: 4°55′N 74°10′W / 4.917°N 74.167°W / 4.917; -74.167Coordinates: 4°55′N 74°10′W / 4.917°N 74.167°W / 4.917; -74.167
Country Colombia
Departament Cundinamarca
Built April 8, 1603
Government
 • Mayor Hansy Zapata Tibaquira
Area
 • Total 108 km2 (42 sq mi)
Elevation 2,587 m (8,488 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 19,176
 • Density 358.7/km2 (929/sq mi)
Website http://tenjo-cundinamarca.gov.co/

Tenjo is a municipality and town of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca.

History[edit]

Tenjo in Muisca language literally translates "in the big mouth", and it is believed that Tenjo was a previous native settlement. On the 7 of May, 1637, it was decided that the first church of the town was to be built by Alonso Serrano Hernández after being hired by Juan de Vera, Cristóbal Gómez de Silva, Juan de Orejuela and Juan de Artieda. The church was completed on August 17, 1645. By the year of 1778, there was a population of 1,009 people and 211 families, excluding 983 other native people that inhabited Tenjo.

Economy[edit]

Tenjo's economy is mainly based on horticulture and stock-breeding. Thanks to its relatively close position to Bogotá, Tenjo is starting to become part of its suburbs and with many schools being established here that have collaborated with this effect.

Sister cities[edit]

Notable People from Tenjo[edit]

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