San Juan de Girón

Located just outside Santander’s capital, Bucaramanga, Girón is a beautiful place rich in colonial architecture with a pleasant main square.

Located just outside Santander’s capital, Bucaramanga, Girón is a beautiful place rich in colonial architecture with a pleasant main square. Famous for its balconies and coffee-colored windows, Girón can easily be visited by taking a bus from Bucaramanga.

Founded on January 15, 1631, Girón attracts travelers of the 21st century with its charms of the past: calicanto bridges and houses with wide balconies that look out onto the street with brown doors and windows. To this municipality of Santander, declared a National Monument in 1963, thousands of pilgrims come to venerate the image of the Lord of Miracles in the Basilica San Juan Bautista.

In the surroundings of San Juan de Girón, where there are crops of tobacco, cocoa, pineapple and corn, among other agricultural products, it is possible to enjoy adventure sports such as paragliding and rafting.

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The Colonial zone

The colonial buildings of San Juan de Girón invite travelers to walk through its narrow stone streets, which at night are lit by lanterns. This municipality, founded in 1631, was declared a National Monument in 1963 for having preserved in good condition the colonial architecture of buildings dating from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Here it is possible to feel that you travel in time.

Basilica San Juan Bautista

The main place of pilgrimage of Giron is the Basilica San Juan Bautista, on whose altar rests the image of the Lord of the Miracles worshiped by the faithful. This temple, which has five altars, two aisles, sixteen columns, two chapels and frontal arches, was built in 1639 and originally had a thatched roof and bahareque walls. His last architectural reforms were made between 1781 and 1883.

La Mansion del Fraile

This house in front of the main park of Girón, is a colonial house with three courtyards, two floors and lime walls that houses a museum exhibiting objects from the 18th century. Eloy Valenzuela was born in this house, who participated in the Botanical Expedition led by José Celestino Mutis. Here also a restaurant of typical Santanderean food and a store of handicrafts work.

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