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Little remains of the Muisca culture in Tunja, despite having been the capital of its domain: the Cojines del Zaque and the Pozo de Hunzahúa. The colonial era is still much evidenced, and the city preserves one of the last Spanish founder homes yet extant in Latin America, the Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón, as well as other impressive mansions, many of which are now museums. Other colonial buildings can be visited, including the Casa de la Familia Niño y Capitán Martín de Rojas, now the Boyacá tourism office and the Paredón de los Mártires in Parque de la República, which still evidences the bullet holes of independence patriots executed. South of the city is the massive monument complex commemorating the Battle of Boyacá. For movie buffs, Tunja has three cinemas. If you are in the mood to shoot 18 holes, several golf courses are in the area. Sports fans can also check out bullfighting and soccer matches, depending on the season.










By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

18 May 2009

 
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The Churches of Tunja

The Churches of Tunja

Tunja's Catholic temples present unusual architectural features seldom seem elsewhere. A common theme in many is the gold-leaf-on-red...

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Museums of Tunja

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All of Tunja's museums are in colonial or Republican-era former homes, which are some of the oldest in Latin America. Several showcase the...

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Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón

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Casa del Fundador was the home of Gonzalo Suárez Rendón, founder of the colonial city of Tunja. It is claimed to be the only home of a...

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Pozo de Hunzahúa

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Puente de Boyacá

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