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Villa de Leyva is known as the town where time stands still, as virtually no modern architecture exist and it still very much the same colonial town as it was in the mid nineteenth century; The streets are still cobbled, the walls still whitewashed; and the town still centred around an impressive stone main plaza.

Villa de Leyva was founded in 1572 by Hernán Suárez de Villalobos and named after the first president of the New Kingdom of Granada, Andrés Díaz Venero de Leiva. Among the main areas of interests are the old colonial Church and the many restaurants and handcraft stores that decorate the main square. Near the town there are also several attractions worth seeing, including an ostrich farm, a fossil museum and an old astronomic observatory made of phallic stones. Villa de Leyva's also has a great reputation for gastronomy, with restaurants around the town serving dishes from all over the word. On the way to About Ville De Leyva, stop by the curious underground salt cathedral of Zipaquira, which is carved entirely out of a rock salt mine.