"Santa Fe de Antioquia" Santa Fe by mircaskirca

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The Oldest Town in the Region

Santa Fe de Antioquia is the oldest town in the region, founded in 1541 by Jorge Robledo. It was the capital of Antioquia from 1813 until 1826 when the government moved to Medellín. A visit to this sleepy colonial town is a step back in time through quaint cobblestone streets. Many houses and churches are over 250 years old, making it the most well preserved colonial town in Antioquia. In 1960 Santa Fe de Antioquia was declared a national monument.

The town's historic centre looks very much the same as it looked in colonial times. Its narrow streets are lined with white-washed and pastel-coloured houses, and many have gorgeous courtyards decorated with plants and flowers. Strolling the old streets you come across some lovely plazas and there is impressive Iglesia de Santa Bárbara.

Santa Fe de Antioquia makes a great day trip for visitors of Medellín and it it's a popular weekend destination for Paisas. The completion of the tunnel in 2006 has cut travelling time to less than 1,5 hours.

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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    Oh another pretty colonial town - just the sort of place I love to explore! And anywhere that serves a double helping of fruit juice is OK by me ;-)

  • Elisabcn's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Another beautiful destination to add to my "oh-someday! trip" to Colombia ;-). Thanks for sharing, Mira!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Your tips and photos bring back many nice memories Mira! Santa Fe de Antioquia is a lovely little town! When I visited there had been a landslide so on hour way there we couldn't take the short road through the tunnel.

  • May 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Great tips and photos. Is the weather always so nice there?

  • Apr 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    more stunning scenes from colombia!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Looks stunning, Mira. It was the only reason we really wanted to go to Medillin and if we had known about the reduced travel time maybe we would have gone! Great stuff.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Oh wow, the albums are gorgeous :-)) And the town... this historical centre looks adorable!!! Oh my, I could easily spend a week here, so relaxed it looks!! And the architecture... and balconies...

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    Another beautiful new page! Fine photos in your tips and albums!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Stunning photo's. Looks like the architecture there is just fantastic. thanks for sharing ;-)

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