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Puente de Boyaca


Puente de Boyaca is a small bridge located at the Bogota-Tunja highway, 110 km east of Bogota and 14 km west from Tunja in a valley, crossing Teatinos river. Numerous monuments have been erected in the surroundings to commemorate the historic battle of August 7, 1819 known as the Battle of Boyaca which granted independence to Colombia.

The bridge was built in the early XVIII century, and was dedicated as National Monument and memorial of independence in 1920.

Commemorative monuments

Near to the bridge are located the following secondary monuments:

The Von Miller monument, depicting five allegoric female figures holding Simon Bolivar.

The Francisco de Paula Santander statue.

The Triumphal Arch, depicting the three main races that combined into the Colombian ethnic mix.

The Flags Square, with The Liberty Fire; a perpetual gas-ignited flame.

The chapel, with four daily masses.

References

(Spanish) http://www.tunja.gov.co/?idcategoria=3010

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