Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Boyacá

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Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Municipality and town
Rafael Reyes Park.
Rafael Reyes Park.
Flag of Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Flag
Official seal of Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Santa Rosa de Viterbo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Santa Rosa de Viterbo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Tundama Province
Elevation 2,753 m (9,032 ft)
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)

Santa Rosa de Viterbo is a town and municipality in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the Tundama Province, a subregion of Boyacá.

Viterbite, not a mineral but a mixture of allophane and wavellite, occurs in and was named after this municipality.

History[edit]

Santa Rosa de Viterbo was founded by the Spanish in 1689. Three priests petitioned the Archbishop of Santa Fe for resources to found the parish of Santa Rosa de Viterbo. A mayor was appointed in 1690; the first being José de los Reyes.

The "Aerolito"[edit]

In the year 1810, a meteorite fell in Santa Rosa, and it was discovered by a farmer of the town. The mayor decided to place it in the middle of the town, in front of the church. A hundred years later, the president Rafael Reyes decided to take it to Bogotá. There it was divided in two big parts; one of the parts stayed in Bogotá, and the other is actually in a museum in Chicago.

Born in Santa Rosa de Viterbo[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ramírez, J. Emilio (1949) "The meteorites of Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Colombia" Popular Astronomy, Vol. 57, p. 29

Coordinates: 5°53′N 72°59′W / 5.883°N 72.983°W / 5.883; -72.983