Fill out your data to get our latest news and publications








    Mompox: A Town Embedded In Mystery And History

    Mompox was founded on 1537. It was included in Unesco’s World Heritage Site list because of its beauty and historical value.

    Santa Cruz de Mompox is surrounded by the Magdalena River, and it is known as the largest river island in Latin America. Its streets hold one of Colombia’s unique cultural treasures, recognized in 1995 by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

    Mompox was founded on May 3rd 1537 by Alonso de Heredia, and was named after the Mompox chief, a tribal leader who lived back then. The municipality used to home the Malibu Indians.

    This mysterious place is entrenched in the department of Bolívar. It transports tourists to a different dimension due to the structure of its streets that break through the Spanish style, and its tall arched houses that combat heat. During the Conquista, Mompox was an important trading hub between Cartagena and inland.

    Thanks to its beautiful architecture, Mompox hosts important cultural events of the Caribbean such as the Independent Film Festival, the Jazz Festival, and the Mompox Music Festival. The municipality is also known for its religious tourism because of the mass ceremonies held during Holy Week.

    Mompox greatest architectural attraction is the Santa Bárbara Church, built in 1630. It has a showy baroque tower that recreates the legend of the “saint” after whom it is named. Another popular place among visitors is the Municipal Cemetery; other than its unparalleled beauty, the place also holds the remains of Mompox local Candelario Obeso, one of the fathers of black poetry in the Americas.

    Other attractions include the Municipal Palace, the Religious Art Museum, St. Francis Church and Convent, Marquise Portals House, St. John of God Church, St. Augustine Church, and the Immaculate Conception Church. Overall, more and more tourists visit Mompox to get beautiful filigree handcrafts (the municipality’s characteristic goldsmith technique), and to get lost in the magic of the Colombian Caribbean.

    The city of the videoclip from Carlos Vive’s La foto de los dos

    Carlos Vives chose Mompox to film the music video for La foto de los dos, a song included in his newest album (Corazón Profundo). The artist expressed how happy he was to go back to the place where he started his career as an actor.

    The municipality has been the set of movies like Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and TV shows like Escalona. Vives stared in the latter in the beginning of the nineties.

    Learn more about Mompox and discover why when it comes to heritage and culture, the answer is Colombia.

    FACTS:

    • Mompox is Latin America’s largest river island.
    • Mompox is a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1995.
    • Candelario Obeso, one of the fathers of black poetry in the Americas, was born in Mompox in 1849.

    5/5 - (1 vote)
    Artículos recomendados
    Sabana Train, Bogota, Transportation, Tourism

    Five unusual ways to see Bogota

    No-one could claim to know Colombia without spending time in the country’s capital and nowadays there are more ways than...

    Relax in style on these spectacular Colombian beaches

    Colombia is the only country in the whole of South America to be blessed with both a Caribbean and a...
    Colombian souvenirs

    Colombia’s Top Five Souvenirs

    Nothing beats an amazing vacation, which is why it’s always a good idea to bring home a piece of your...

    What’s living in Colombia like? Here are three stories that’ll inspire you

    These are the stories of three foreigners who rarely thought about living abroad, but were destined to change their minds...
    Bookstore, Colombia, Books, Library, Literature, Bogota, torre de babel, luvina, casa tomada, the book hotel, san librario, books, literature, bogota, athens of latin america, bookstores, bookshops, reading, book cafes

    Bogota's “Secret” Bookstores

    Bogota is the Athens of Latin America, filled with gorgeous old bookstores, literary cafes, second-hand bookstalls and poets’ haunts. But...
    Learn spanish, Speak spanish, Talk spanish, Colombia, Language

    Why Colombia is the perfect place to learn Spanish

    Colombia is often said to be a dozen countries in one, because its regions have such distinct identities. Modern Colombia...
    Fernando Botero sculpture in Medellin | Colombia Country Brand

    Discover why Medellin is definitely worth visiting more than once

    With 22 gastronomical areas and six parks and libraries, more than 25 shopping malls, six gastronomical offer zones and more,...
    Colombia’s biodiversity is unique | Colombia Country Brand

    Colombia, second-greatest biodiversity in the world

    Allow us to introduce you to the unique country of Colombia. A haven of biodiversity, with more than 50,000 species...
    A beautiful desert in The Guajira region. Among the best places to visit in Colombia | Colombia Country Brand

    Five of the best places to visit in Colombia that will leave you wondering if you should leave at all

    There are few places on Earth that instantly make people fall in love. Discover the best places to visit in...
    Colombia, archaeological sites, Tatacoa Desert, Colombian destinations, Tourism

    Five amazing Colombian archaeological sites

    The nation of Colombia may be relatively young but its soil is not. Numerous history-altering discoveries have turned Colombia into...