"Santa Fe de Antioquia" Santa Fe by MalenaN

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My first intension was to stay one night in Santa Fe de Antioquia, but as I heard most people visited the town on a daytrip from Medellín I thought I would do the same. Since the tunnel between Medellín and Santa Fe de Antioquia was completed in 2006 it only takes a little bit more than 1 hour between the two cities. And as I already had visited several small Colombian towns with colonial architecture I felt a daytrip would be enough for me.

Santa Fe de Antioquia was the first colonial settlement in the area and it was founded by Jorge Robledo in 1541. Santa Fe de Antioquia was the capital during Antioquia?s few years of independence, 1813 - 1826, but after that the capital moved to Medellín. Because of this, and as Santa Fe de Antioquia has not been along a main road and also because the town was declared a National Monument in 1960 the colonial architecture in the centre has been well preserved.

The town is lovely with its coloured one story colonial houses, cobbled streets and small plazas. There are at least four old churches and a couple of museums. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is not much traffic around the historical centre. The population in the town is about 12 500 inhabitants. As Santa Fe de Antioquia is only situated at an elevation of 550 metres the average temperature is 27 degrees C. That?s warmer than Medellín.

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  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Another nice page! I love the Churches in this town

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Santa Fe is a lovely little town! Thanks for visiting Dee!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Hi, Malena! Thanks for your introduction into that distant country! Nice place with lots of history...

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    What a lovely and colourful village! The museum sounds interesting! And strange that the churches are only open for masses in the evening.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Strange how some Churches were prisons instead of places of sanctury = loved the details here!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2008 at 6:44 AM

    It must be very enjoyable to find and then wander around these sleepy little towns with a lot of history! I was really impressed by the architecture of Iglesia de Santa Barbara.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    I've always enjoyed strolling the streets of little colonial towns and I'm sure I'd like Santa Fe. Nice collection of churches!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Nice collection of photos of the various pretty facades of churches. Tongue is delicious!

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2008 at 6:08 AM

    Thanks Malena , i think Santa Fe is a beatiful city.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Santa Fe looks to me as a town with lots of churches. Lovely page!

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