Moniquirá

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Moniquirá
Municipality and town
Church of Moniquirá
Church of Moniquirá
Flag of Moniquirá
Flag
Official seal of Moniquirá
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Moniquirá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Moniquirá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia.
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Ricaurte Province
Founded 26 March 1825
Founded by Gaspar Ramírez
Government
 • Mayor Ansisar Parra Avila
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 220 km2 (80 sq mi)
Elevation 1,669 m (5,476 ft)
Population
 • Municipality and town 21,402
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Urban 10,544
 • Metro density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Moniquirá is a town and municipality in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. It's known for its "bocadillos" and "panelitas de leche" (both little sweet cakes). Moniquirá borders San José de Pare in the north, Togüí and Arcabuco in the east, Gachantivá and Santa Sofia in the south and in the west with the department of Santander.[1]

Etymology[edit]

In the Chibcha language of the Muisca, Moniquirá means "place of bath".[2]

History[edit]

Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores, Moniquirá was who were ruled by the cacique of Susa, part of the Muisca Confederation. Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada passed through Ubaza, part of Moniquirá on March 16th, 1537.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activity of Moniquirá is agriculture; coffee, sugar cane and maize. The bocadillos industry provides employment for over 800 people.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Panorama Moniquirá park

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Spanish) Official website Moniquirá
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Moniquirá - Excelsio.net


Coordinates: 5°55′N 73°30′W / 5.917°N 73.500°W / 5.917; -73.500