El Carmen de Viboral

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El Carmen de Viboral
Municipality
Seat of University of Antioquia
Seat of University of Antioquia
Flag of El Carmen de Viboral
Flag
Official seal of El Carmen de Viboral
Seal
Motto: Dios, patria y trabajo
Anthem: Himno al Carmen de Viboral
Location of the municipality of Carmen de Viboral in the Antioquia Department
Location of the municipality of Carmen de Viboral in the Antioquia Department
El Carmen de Viboral is located in Colombia
El Carmen de Viboral
El Carmen de Viboral
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 6°5′N 75°20′W / 6.083°N 75.333°W / 6.083; -75.333Coordinates: 6°5′N 75°20′W / 6.083°N 75.333°W / 6.083; -75.333
Country  Colombia
Region Andean Region
Department Antioquia Department
Subregion Eastern
Area
 • Total 448 km2 (173 sq mi)
Elevation 2,150 m (7,050 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 46,062
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)

Carmen de Viboral is a town and municipality in the Colombian department of Antioquia. Part of the subregion of Eastern Antioquia. Carmen de Viboral is a small village that specializes in ceramics. Many shops allow visitors to see how ceramics and other handicrafts are made. It is located 54 km (34 mi) away from Medellín, the capital city of the Antioquia department.

Carmen de Viboral is well known for its handcraft ceramics. Which date back to the 19th century (1870-1880) when Eliseo Pareja arrived and found the richness of the region in terms of feldspar and quartz, which are fundamental minerals in the fabrication of ceramics. The ceramics of Carmen de Viboral combined the indigenous and Spaniard tradition plus the American aspirations. They are unique to the region and the world. No two ceramic pieces are the same, as everything is uniquely hand painted.[1]

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