Villa de Leyva - Plaza Mayor
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Villa de Leyva - Plaza Mayor

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Villa de Leiva posee la Plaza Central más grande de Colombia, con 14 mil metros cuadrados, empedrados totalmente y con una conservación impecable. Es de los sitios turísticos más importantes de Colombia. Veamos qué nos dice la Wikipedia de Villa de Leiva (me dijeron que se escribía con "i" latina y no con "y"): "Villa de Leyva es un municipio colombiano ubicado en la Provincia de Ricaurte del departamento de Boyacá, está ubicado a 40 km al oeste de Tunja la capital del departamento. Fue fundada en 1572 con el nombre de Villa de Santa María de Leyva y reconocida como monumento nacional en 1954.1 Se caracteriza por conservar su arquitectura de estilo colonial, y por sus variados paisajes rurales que van desde la zona de páramo con sus nacimientos y reservorios de agua hasta la zona desértica y seca. Sobresale también su enorme plaza principal, empedrada (área de 1,4 ha) que se encuentra flanqueada por viejos edificios coloniales. Es considerada uno de los pueblos más hermosos de Colombia, siendo el pueblo como tal y sus alrededores uno de los destino turísticos más importante en el país. A Villa de Leyva se llega por vía terrestre a través de carreteras que la comunican con Tunja (capital del departamento de Boyacá), con Chiquinquirá, Arcabuco y Santa Sofía (Boyacá)".

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