Municipality and town
|Founded||18 October 1580|
|Founded by||Francisco de Orejuela|
|• Mayor||José Hernán Sierra Buitrago|
|• Municipality and town||233 km2 (90 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,150 m (7,050 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||13,588|
|• Density||58/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
Ráquira, is a municipality and town in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. Ráquira is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense and the urban center at an altitude of 2,150 metres (7,050 ft). It borders Tinjacá and Sutamarchan in the north, Guachetá, Cundinamarca in the south, in the east Sáchica and Samacá and in the west San Miguel de Sema and Lake Fúquene.
The area of Ráquira was inhabited by the Muisca in the centuries before the Spanish conquest of the central highlands of the Colombian Andes. Already in those times Ráquira was famous for its ceramics due to the clay of the area.
Ráquira is famous in Colombia for its colony of artisans, who produce traditional northern Andean pottery & hand-woven goods. The Sunday market is especially a popular time to visit. Ráquira is also known for its colorful houses that contrast with the famous nearby town of Villa de Leyva.
Arts and crafts in Ráquira
- (in Spanish) Official website Ráquira
- (in Spanish) Etymology Ráquira - Excelsio.net
- (in Spanish) Muisca history and ceramics in Ráquira
- (in Spanish) Ceramics of Ráquira because of the clay present there
- Crafts in Ráquira
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