Park in Chía
|Nickname(s): City of the Moon|
Location of the town and municipality of Chia in Cundinamarca Department.
|Founded||24 March 1537|
|Founded by||Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada|
|• Mayor||Leonardo Donoso Ruíz
|• City||80 km2 (30 sq mi)|
|• Urban||79 km2 (31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,564 m (8,412 ft)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Chiense or Chiano|
Due to its proximity to Bogotá, Chía has effectively become a suburb of the capital. It is also home of the Universidad de la Sabana.
Chia is also known for its gastronomy and its variety of restaurants, ones of the best known restaurants are Andres Carne de Res, El Galapago and El despacho.
Chía was inhabited first by indigenous groups during the Herrera Period and later by the Muisca, as an important settlement in the pre-Columbian era. It was a ceremonial center of worship to the Moon goddess Chía. On March 24, 1537 the Spanish, under the command of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, took possession of the town.
In 1781, during the Revolt of the Comuneros, the march of the insurgents towards Bogotá stopped near Chía in order to cross the Bogotá River, in what is now known as the Bridge of the Commoners (Spanish: Puente del Común). At that site the viceroy signed a series of concessions to the rebels. However, once the rebel group had dispersed, the viceroy declared the concessions invalid for having been signed "under pressure". It is widely believed that eventually Bogota will merge with Chia, if the city continues expanding (as it happened with Bosa and Soacha).
- Market Day: Sunday
- Median temperature: 14 °C
- DANE Code: 25175
Sites of interestEdit
- Marroquín Castle
- Hacienda Yerbabuena
- Puente del Común
- Chía Mall (Centro-Chía)
- Andrés Carne de Res
- Iglesia la Valvanera
- Biblioteca Publica Municipal HOQABIGA
- Parque Santander
- Fontanar mall (Centro comercial Fontanar)
Interpretation of Moon goddess Chía