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Customs House

Sunday, 23 January 2011 20:45 Published in Santa Marta Historical Downtown

 

History of the Customs House.

 

This building is considered to be the first architectural structure made by the Spanish not only in the city but in South America, located in the historical center (or downtown) of Santa Marta, which was where the city originally was founded and which has survived fires and earthquakes. The Customs House has also gone through many names and functions; at first it was the Government House, then the Customs Consulate, hence its name, which was a sort of Chamber of Commerce of the time. It was the only house in the world that had the privilege of having alive and dead the Liberator Simón Bolívar, since his body lied in burning chamber in the Hall on the second floor.

Customs House Today

 

 

 

Today, Customs House hosts the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), which is a regional museum of the Banco de la Republica where you can see a collection of jewelry made by indigenous Tayrona and everything related to the culture of that wonderful race, ancient inhabitants of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.


Simon Bolivar Park

Sunday, 23 January 2011 20:44 Published in Santa Marta Historical Downtown

 

Simon Bolivar Park History

 

 

Located in front of the Customs House this park is also called Plaza de Armas (Arm´s Plaza) and Plaza de la Constitution (Constitution´s Plaza), bears this name since 1830 when the Liberator Simon Bolivar was veiled in the Customs House. It was officially opened in 1845 and in 1846 welcomed the marble fountain which was brought from Genoa (Italy).

Simon Bolivar Park Today

 

Today Bolivar Park hosts the gatherings of retirees from the City Hall, Government and teachers among others, who are in charge of spending the day telling old stories and talking about politics.