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Santa Marta, Colombia

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 01:07 Published in Santa Marta

Santa Marta, or as its name says Distrito Turistico, Cultural e Historico de Santa Marta (from the Constitution of 1991), is the capital city of the Magdalena department. Founded by the Spanish conquistador Rodrigo de Bastidas on July 29, 1525 it is the oldest city in Colombia and the second oldest city in South America since the first was Cumana, located in Venezuela in 1521.

Cathedral of Santa Marta

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

 

History of the Cathedral of Santa Marta

 

 

The Cathedral of Santa Marta was the first basilica built in Latin America and its construction dates back to 1765, when the former Governor Don Andrés Pérez wanted to build a cathedral that would endure and resist the uncertainty giving the task to the Engineer Don Juan Cayetano to start planning this church of the Catholic faith with Renaissance style. At the beginning of its construction the city had a population greatly diminished due to the many attacks of English, French and Dutch pirates which from 1543 until 1712, succeeded in burning and looting the city more than 20 times.

 

This Cathedral is one of the monuments that make us feel proud to Santa Marta, its full of memories and legends, and somewhere in the building is hidden a small urn containing the heart and guts of the Liberator Simon Bolivar, who on December 20, 1930 had a solemn funeral procession from the Casa de la Aduana (Customs House) to this place. There are also the remains of the founder of Santa Marta, Don Rodrigo de Bastidas, which were brought from the Dominican Republic on Friday, September 18, 1953.

Cathedral of Santa Marta Today

 

Also known as Minor Basilica, it has just been restored and it’s a very important monument of Christianity, Santa Marta and Colombia in general, right now under the direction of Father Felix Lopez.