10 Things to Know about Mompox

10 Things to Know about Mompox, Santa Cruz de Mompox, Colombia (B)

Mompox, also known as Santa Cruz de Mompox, or even Mompós, is a town in Colombia 125 miles south of Cartagena with a history as rich and enticing as its larger northern neighbour. And, like Cartagena, it boasts gloriously preserved buildings from its early Spanish colonial rule. But that’s where the similarities end. Whereas Cartagena is now a tourist magnet and a regular cruise ship stopping off point, Mompox is virtually unknown outside of Colombia. Which is a crying shame because it’s one of our favourite Colombian towns and one that we believe should be on any traveller’s list of places to see when visiting the country. Convinced? Well, here are ten things you ought to know about Colombia’s forgotten colonial gem.

For its first 300-or-so-years of existence, the story of Mompox was one of unbridled success. Founded as a port in 1540 on the Magdalena River by early Spanish settlers, it quickly developed as a hub for merchants transporting all manner of goods between the Andes and the Caribbean coast. And its remote location helped it became a safe place for wealthy Spaniards and traders to hide their gold and other treasures from pirates. To cap it all, it even minted coins for the colony. Indeed, by the early 17th Century, the town’s wealth was perhaps best exemplified by its Calle de la Albarrada, a riverside street dripping with glorious colonial architecture. Such was its confidence that, by 1810, it had become the first Colombian town to declare independence from Spain. And, shortly after, Simon Bolivar (Caracas-born liberator of much of South America) came to Mompox and recruited 400 Momposinos to fight for and ultimately gain independence for western Venezuela. Which prompted him to famously remark, “If to Caracas I owe my life, it’s to Mompós I owe my glory”. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 10 Things to Know about Mompox
Guide Location: Colombia » Santa Cruz de Mompox
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Ian Mackenzie
Read it on Author's Website: https://www.aboveusonlyskies.com/mompox-colombia-forgotten-colonial-gem/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Albarrada
  • Church of Santa Barbara
  • Church of San Francisco
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception
  • San Francisco Plaza
  • Portal de la Marquesa Hotel
  • La Casa Amarilla
  • Cafe Mompox
  • Parque de Bolivar
  • Plaza Santa Domingo
  • El Fuerte
  • Plaza de la Concepcion
  • Cafe 1700