Chía, Cundinamarca

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Flag of Chía
Official seal of Chía
Nickname(s): The Moon City
Location of the town and municipality of Chia in Cundinamarca Department.
Location of the town and municipality of Chia in Cundinamarca Department.
Chía is located in Colombia
Location of the town and municipality of Chia in Cundinamarca Department.
Coordinates: 4°51′N 74°03′E / 4.850°N 74.050°E / 4.850; 74.050
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Central Savanna
Foundation Pre-Columbian
 • Mayor Guillermo Romero Varela
 • City 80 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Urban 76 km2 (29 sq mi)
Elevation 2,564 m (8,412 ft)
Population (2012)
 • City 200,000
 • Density 1,080/km2 (2,798/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Chios
Website Official website (Spanish)

Chía is a town and municipality in the Cundinamarca department of Colombia, located to the north of Bogotá on the main road to Zipaquira. Its history dates back to the pre-Columbian era. The name comes from the Chibchan language and means "moon" or "month".

Due to its proximity to Bogotá (2.7 km), Chía has effectively become a dormitory suburb of the capital. It is also home of the Universidad de la Sabana.


Chía was a Muisca settlement in the pre-Columbian era, and an important ceremonial center of worship to the moon deity Chia goddess. In 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: Localities of Usaquen and Suba, Bogotá
  • West with Tabio and Tenjo
  • Southwest: Cota
  • East with Sopó

Other facts[edit]

Government Flag of Chía
  • Market Day: Sunday
  • Distance from Bogotá: 11.0 km
  • Median temperature: 14 °C
  • Demonym: Chiense or Chiano
  • DANE Code: 25175

Sites of interest[edit]

  • Marroquín Castle
  • Hacienda Yerbabuena
  • Commoners Bridge
  • Chía Mall (Centro-Chía)
  • Andrés Carne de Res
  • Iglesia la Valvanera

Sports facilities[edit]

Olympic village, Chia
  • Sports unit "Rio Frio"
  • Olympic village
  • BMX Track "Iván de Jesús Barrientos"


  • Colegio Montemorel
  • Universidad de Cundinamarca (Universidad Pública)
  • Universidad la Sabana
  • Colegio GICEI
  • Colegio Santa María del Rio
  • colegio mayor de los andes

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 4°51′N 74°03′W / 4.850°N 74.050°W / 4.850; -74.050