|Municipality and town|
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
|Province||Central Savanna Province|
|Founded||29 November 1604|
|Founded by||Diego Gómez de Mena|
Carlos Julio Moreno Gomez|
|• Municipality and town||55 km2 (21 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,566 m (8,419 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||24,916|
|• Density||450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
Cota is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Central Savanna Province of the department of Cundinamarca. Cota is part of the metropolitan area of Colombian capital Bogotá which centre is 26 kilometres (16 mi) away. The urban centre of Cota is located at an altitude of 2,566 metres (8,419 ft) and the municipality borders Chía in the north, Funza in the south, Suba, part of Bogotá in the east and Tenjo in the west.
In the time before the Spanish conquest, the Bogotá savanna was inhabited by the Muisca, organized in the southern Muisca Confederation. The ruler of Bacatá (zipa) controlled Cota. The Muisca called the town Gota, which is either a personal name of derived from cota; "curl". Cota still has a surviving Muisca population.
Modern Cota was founded on November 29, 1604 by Diego Gómez de Mena.
In 2010 a baptistery of the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International was built in Cota.
Given its proximity to the Colombian capital, thanks to its quiet surroundings, many schools have settled in Cota with their facilities and venues; such as the following:
Oakland Colegio Campestre, Nuevo Gimnasio Cristiano, Colegio Refous, Colegio José Max León, Summerhill School, colegio Gimnasio Campestre Los Sauces, Gimnasio El Portillo, Colegio Nuevo Reino de Granda, Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario, jardín Gimnasio Campestre El Shadai, colegio Gimnasio Campestre San Francisco de Sales and since 2009 Cota is home for NASA´s Educational Program called Colombia Space School.
I.E.D. Enrique Pardo Parra (Urban).
I.E.D. Institute Parcels (Rural).
Born in Cota
- Juan Pablo Forero, professional cyclist.
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