Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Boyacá
|Santa Rosa de Viterbo|
|Municipality and town|
Rafael Reyes Park.
Location of the municipality and town of Santa Rosa de Viterbo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
|Elevation||2,753 m (9,032 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
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.
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
- Rafael Reyes, former president of Colombia
- Fernando Soto Aparicio (1933), screenwriter, poet, and novelist
- Ramírez, J. Emilio (1949) "The meteorites of Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Colombia" Popular Astronomy, Vol. 57, p. 29
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