Boyacá, Boyacá

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Municipality and town
Church of Boyacá
Church of Boyacá
Flag of Boyacá
Location of the municipality and town of Boyacá in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Boyacá in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Márquez Province
Founded 8 August 1537
Founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
 • Mayor Julio Cesar Neira Castro
 • Municipality and town 48 km2 (19 sq mi)
Elevation 2,420 m (7,940 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 4,472
 • Density 93/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Urban 403
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Boyacá is a town and municipality in the Márquez Province, part of the department of Boyacá, Colombia. It is located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city of Tunja, the capital of the department. Boyacá limits Tunja and Soracá in the north, Jenesano in the south, Nuevo Colón and Ramiriquí in the west and Ventaquemada in the east.[1]


The name of both the municipality and the department, Boyacá, comes from Chibcha and means "Region of the blankets" or "Enclosure of the cacique".[1][2]


Boyacá in the times before the Spanish conquest was ruled by the zaque of nearby Hunza, the ruler of the Muisca, who were organised in their loose Muisca Confederation.

Modern Boyacá was founded on August 8, 1537, by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada who was searching for the mythical El Dorado.[1]



  1. ^ a b c (Spanish) Official website Boyacá
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Boyacá -


  • Senado de la República de Colombia (1989), Municipios colombianos. Bogotá: Pama Editores Ltda. ISBN 958-9077-02-1

Coordinates: 5°27′15″N 73°21′43″W / 5.45417°N 73.36194°W / 5.45417; -73.36194