Top Reasons To Visit Sucre
July 28, 2013
The top reasons to visit Sucre can all be found in one notable city – Sincelejo. The Sucre Department is a vast region in Colombia with a very curious pre-colonization history. Interestingly, a huge kingdom known as Zenu once inhabited this region as well as the Cordoba Department and other parts Bolivia and Antioquia. The Zenu people are such an advanced race whose expertise in hydraulics engineering continues to baffle many of the modern academics. However, the Zenu people are among the many victims of Spanish cruelty and Sucre Department is just one of the many areas where such inhumanity occurred. Somewhere around 1775 the city of Sincelejo was reestablished, which according to history; becomes the starting point in the foundation of the Sucre Department in 1966 after decades of appeal from the central government of Colombia.
1. A good place for studying the Zenu people
If studying pre-Colombian history is one of the top reasons to visit Sucre, then there is plenty to know about this department’s ancient inhabitants. The Zenu people are one of the many civilizations that comprised the overall nations living the Mesoamerican (South American natives) world. If the Aztecs are known for their cosmological temples and the Incas for their building of impossible fortresses, the Zenu are known for their advanced knowledge of hydraulics engineering. These waterworks provide excellent irrigation systems in their vast farmlands. Although these people are virtually extinct, their ruins can be found in several archeological sites all over Sucre.
2. Playing around Majagual Plaza
The Majagual Plaza could represent a symbol of resilience for the people of Sucre, particularly in Sicelejo City. This plaza was once devastated by a massive earthquake and was totally ruined. But it never stopped the locals from rebuilding it into a much more spectacular design than before. It incorporated post-modern minimalist design since its reconstruction in late 1980’s. This plaza is an excellent venue for cultural gatherings. It can also be an appropriate place to try out the new skateboard or practice tai chi together with a huge group of enthusiasts.
3. How sweet is Jesus’ Sweet Name?
Another best motive among the top reasons to visit Sucre is to join a special holiday in January. The feast of Jesus’ Sweet Name may have an overly extravagant ring to it but this festival may be considered an extension of the fun-filled Christmas and New Year days. One can experience being bedazzled by the splendor of local Colombian ladies in a beauty pageant. Parades are also a joyous sight but if there is one thing that truly takes the cake in the thrills, it is viewing of bullfighting that takes place for several days.
4. A good spiritual experience in St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Sincelejo as well as all of Sucre Department at large. His cathedral, built around 1853, is the center of important religious festivals such as Easter and other religious holidays.