Sutatenza (Spanish pronunciation: [sutaˈtensa]) is a town and municipality in the Eastern Boyacá Province of the department of Boyacá, Colombia. It is located 125 kilometres (78 mi) from the Colombian capital Bogotá and 118 kilometres (73 mi) from the department capital Tunja. Sutatenza borders Somondoco, Guateque, Tenza and Garagoa.
Municipality and town
Church of Sutatenza
Location of the municipality and town of Sutatenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
|Province||Eastern Boyacá Province|
|Founded||22 October 1783|
|• Mayor||Oscar Yovany Montenegro Salcedo|
|• Municipality and town||41.26 km2 (15.93 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,890 m (6,200 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||4,086|
|• Density||99/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
In the time before the Spanish conquest, Sutatenza, situated in the Tenza Valley to the east of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, was ruled by a cacique called Tenzuzucá or Tenzucá, loyal to the zaque of Hunza. Conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in his quest for El Dorado and the rich emerald deposits of the Muisca Confederation visited Sutatenza in 1537.
Modern Sutatenza was not founded until October 22, 1783.
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