Park in Chía
|Nickname(s): City of the Moon|
Location of the town and municipality of Chia in Cundinamarca Department.
|Founded||24 March 1537|
|Founded by||Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada|
|• Mayor||Leonardo Donoso Ruíz
|• City||80 km2 (30 sq mi)|
|• Urban||79 km2 (31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,564 m (8,412 ft)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Chiense or Chiano|
Due to its proximity to Bogotá, Chía has effectively become a suburb of the capital. It is also home of the Universidad de la Sabana.
Chía was inhabited first by indigenous groups during the Herrera Period and later by the Muisca, as an importent settlement in the pre-Columbian era. It was a ceremonial center of worship to the Moon goddess Chía. On March 24, 1537 the Spanish, under the command of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, took possession of the town.
In 1781, during the Revolt of the Comuneros, the march of the insurgents towards Bogotá stopped near Chía in order to cross the Bogotá River, in what is now known as the Bridge of the Commoners (Spanish: Puente del Común). At that site the viceroy signed a series of concessions to the rebels. However, once the rebel group had dispersed, the viceroy declared the concessions invalid for having been signed "under pressure". It is widely believed that eventually Bogota will merge with Chia, if the city continues expanding (as it happened with Bosa and Soacha).
- North with Cajicá and Sopó
- South with Bogotá localities Usaquén and Suba
- West with Tabio and Tenjo
- Southwest with Cota
- East with Sopó
- Market Day: Sunday
- Median temperature: 14 °C
- DANE Code: 25175
Sites of interest
- Marroquín Castle
- Hacienda Yerbabuena
- Puente del Común
- Chía Mall (Centro-Chía)
- Andrés Carne de Res
- Iglesia la Valvanera
- Sports unit "Rio Frio"
- Olympic village
- BMX Track "Iván de Jesús Barrientos"
- (Spanish) Etymology Chía
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- (Spanish) : FOTW: Flag and Coat of Arms of Chia