The Grand Plaza Mayor of Villa de Leyva
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Panoramabillede af Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taget 09:47, 22/09/2009 - Views loading...

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The Grand Plaza Mayor of Villa de Leyva

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Founded in 1572, the quaint Villa de Leyva boasts one of the largest Plaza de Mayor in Colombia. Declared a National Monument in 1954 the preserved old cobbled streets and colonial architectures are proving increasingly popular  with Bogotános as a weekend get-away.

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A: Villa de Leyva - Plaza Mayor

Af Astrolabio Colombia, 50 meter væk

Villa de Leiva posee la Plaza Central más grande de Colombia, con 14 mil metros cuadrados, empedrados...

Villa de Leyva - Plaza Mayor

B: Drogueria Sanar Vida Villa de Leyva

Af Juanita Rodriguez, 300 meter væk

Drogueria Sanar Vida Villa de Leyva

Drogueria Sanar Vida Villa de Leyva

C: Villa de Leyva

Af Claudio Pierri, 450 meter væk

very nice little city, the morest big place en south america, still in colonial style, famous for the...

Villa de Leyva

D: The Mirador above Villa de Leyva

Af Arroz Marisco, 1,000 meter væk

About half a kilometre away from Plaza de Mayor on a small hillside is the Mirador which commands a s...

The Mirador above Villa de Leyva

E: Bicentenario en Villa de Leyva

Af Juanita Rodriguez, 2.6 km væk

Bicentenario en Villa de Leyva

Bicentenario en Villa de Leyva

F: Pozos Azules en Villa de Leiva

Af Astrolabio Colombia, 2.9 km væk

Uno de los lugares mágicos de Colombia: Pozos Azules, a tan solo 5 minutos de Villa de Leiva y menos ...

Pozos Azules en Villa de Leiva

G: Santo Eccehomo Sutamarchan Villa de Leyva

Af Juanita Rodriguez, 5.3 km væk

Santo Eccehomo Sutamarchan Villa de Leyva

Santo Eccehomo Sutamarchan Villa de Leyva

H: Iglesia san francisco Tunja

Af Jennifer Bonilla, 20.7 km væk

Iglesia san francisco Tunja

I: Hotel Hunza en Tunja Boyaca

Af Astrolabio Colombia, 21.0 km væk

Habitación del Hotel Hunza de Tunja, Boyacá, ubicado en todo el Centro Histórico de la Capital del De...

Hotel Hunza en Tunja Boyaca

J: View from the east side of the valley

Af John Bernal, 41.1 km væk

View from the east side of the valley

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