La Capilla

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La Capilla
La Capilla de Tenza
Municipality and town
View of La Capilla
View of La Capilla
Flag of La Capilla
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Location of the municipality and town of La Capilla in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of La Capilla in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 5°05′44″N 73°26′37″W / 5.09556°N 73.44361°W / 5.09556; -73.44361Coordinates: 5°05′44″N 73°26′37″W / 5.09556°N 73.44361°W / 5.09556; -73.44361
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Eastern Boyacá Province
Founded 13 November 1793
Founded by Juan de la Cruz Aguirre
Government
 • Mayor Melquisedec Salgado Zubieta
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 57.26 km2 (22.11 sq mi)
Elevation 1,600 m (5,200 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 2,550
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban 972
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

La Capilla is a town and municipality in the Eastern Boyacá Province, part of the Colombian department of Boyacá. The urban centre is situated at an altitude of 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) in the Tenza Valley.[1]

Borders[edit]

Etymology[edit]

La Capilla was originally called La Capilla de Tenza, after the Our Lady of La Candelaria appeared to have appeared in the outskirts of the village.[1]

History[edit]

The first inhabitants of the region of La Capilla were the Muisca, who were organised in their loose Muisca Confederation. The people of the area of La Capilla were loyal to the caciques of Garagoa, Sutatenza and Somondoco in the Tenza Valley. Conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada and his troops passed through this valley in 1537, on their way to the domains of the zaque of Hunza. Modern La Capilla was founded on November 13, 1793 by Juan de la Cruz Aguirre.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activity of La Capilla is agriculture, with cucumbers, tomatoes and beans cultivated.[1]

Other characteristics[edit]

  • Market Day: Monday
  • Distance from Tunja: 92 kilometres (57 mi)
  • Median temperature: 18 °C (64 °F)
  • Demonym: Capillense

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website La Capilla