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Santa Cruz de Mompox was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995 for the preservation of its colonial architectural features which make it an excellent example of what a Spanish colonial city was like. Founded in 1540, Mompox played a key role in the Spanish colonization of northern South America, as it is located on an island in the Magadalena River where it joins the Cauca River, 249 kilometers from Cartagena.

From the 16th to the 19th century the city developed parallel to the river, with the main street acting as a dyke. It was a strategic location between two powers ; on the one hand, Santa Fe de Bogotá in the center of the country, on the other, Cartagena de Indias on the ocean’s shores.

With the early wars of independence and the gradual change of course of the Magdalena River, Mompox began to fall into a decline due to its loss of identity as a river port. The commercial and social life of the town diminished in time with the exodus of its inhabitants to other regions. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why time seems to have come to a standstill in Mompox.

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