Icononzo

Icononzo (Spanish pronunciation: [ikoˈnonso]) is a municipality located in the department of Tolima in Colombia. The average temperature is 21 degrees, altitude 1304 m.

Icononzo
Municipality and town
Flag of Icononzo
Location of the municipality and town of Icononzo in the Tolima Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Icononzo in the Tolima Department of Colombia.
Country Colombia
DepartmentTolima Department
Government
 • MayorJorge García Orjuela
Area
 • Total232 km2 (90 sq mi)
Elevation
1,304 m (4,278 ft)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total10,801
 • Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)

HistoryEdit

In 1875 there was the community of Guamitos inherited by Don Vicente Reyes Daza.[citation needed]

During the colonial era and by the year 1888, Adrian Lords Escobar, Guillermo Quijano, Alberto Williamson and others arrived and created a small community along the road leading to Guamitos, half an hour way. By the Ordinance No. 3 of July 16 of that year it was instituted as "Corregimiento Icononzo".[citation needed]

By the year 1892, Mr. Reyes Daza and Williamson began the assembly of the estates Canada and Scotland. Labor supply in the region constituted by the problem of housing shortages, resulting in problems of invasion. This situation led the ranch owners to donate land to address the problem, begging the construction of 17 new homes. This resulted in the formation of a new town, which, because of their increasing wealth and development, was upgraded to a municipality by Ordinance No. 1915 of April 21, after being returned to the department of Tolima in other territories that were under the jurisdiction of Cundinamarca.

Icononzo is known for a natural bridge over a very deep canyon used in the violent events of the civil turmoil known as La Violencia following the Bogotazo. The arch was painted by the Italian painter Gerolamo Fumagalli in the 19th century.[1]

In 1989, the Atlantis commune, founded in Burtonport, Ireland, by Jenny James, relocated near to Icononzo.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Natural Bridge, Valle d'Icononzo". Bridgeman Art Library Ltd. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ Martinez, Margarita (11 February 2001). "Killings End Commune's Innocence". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

Coordinates: 4°11′N 74°32′W / 4.183°N 74.533°W / 4.183; -74.533