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Casa natalicia de Francisco José De Caldas(Popayán)

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Built in the middle of the 18th century in the neighborhood of “La Pamba” (today 3rd Street), it is representative of the “Popayán Style” architecture (Castrillón Arboleda, 1986, 61). Its portal, made of quarry carved with rows of exposed brick on the lintel, has a gate with wrought iron appliques; Around the main patio, paved with ornamental plants, four waters are discharged from the roofs supported by pillars with carved montera and quarry bases, forming the access corridors with brick floors that communicate with the anteroom and the hall. To the left there are four bedrooms that form a corner with the side corridor and the bakery. A second corridor, to the far right, leads to the kitchen, equipped with a masonry oven and burner and to the steps of the basements, the mangers, the lot with a dump, the jet and a mud wall with a cover that led to the Piedragrande sleeve ( today 5th street). At the back, after the bedrooms, there is a viewpoint characteristic of the houses of the time. This structure had to remain without major changes since its construction and until the middle of the 19th century, undergoing subsequent interventions that affected its original distribution, being restored after the earthquake that affected the city in Easter 1983.
Through Decree 2248 in force, signed by the President of the Republic of Colombia in 1996, it was declared a national monument and, in May 2018, the Directorate of Heritage of the Ministry of Culture recommends analyzing the option for its management, administration, care and surveillance of figure of the loan, considering it appropriate to contact the Government of Cauca, owner of the property, to verify its status and foresee what corresponds to avoid its deterioration. Currently a tax collection office operates in it that puts its integrity at risk and undermines the patrimonial and cultural value of the place where Wise Francisco José De Caldas was born and raised, a character who occupies a preponderant place in our history and universal history. , exalted by Baron Alexander Von Humboldt (1801) for his scientific contributions and by José Celestino Mutis (1805) when appointing him as the first director of the Astronomical Observatory of Santafé de Bogotá by standing out in the fields of astronomy, physics, mathematics and studies of nature and that, by offering his life for the emancipatory cause, he was later the object of redress by King Alfonso XIII of Spain through a plaque discovered in the lobby of the National Library of Madrid in 1925, more than enough reasons for this heritage is recovered, valued and destined for cultural activities under the tutelage of the University of Cauca.

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