Urban Intersections: Calle de la Acequia and Callejon de San Francisco, Santa Marta, Colombia

by Natalia Echeverri

Santa Marta is the oldest city in South America, founded in 1525 by Spanish conquistador Rodrigo de Bastidas. This intersection is part of the Old City, which is currently undergoing restoration. The narrow streets were obviously not made for the automobile. Now some of them, like the Callejon de San Francisco, are being converted to pedestrian use. The white house on the background was where my grandmother grew up.

Callejon de San Francisco.

Credits: Photos of Santa Maarta by Natalia Echeverri.


  1. Hector Fernando BurgaMon Dec 28, 11:05:00 PM EST

    As its Spanish colonial architecture rightfully demonstrates, perhaps a more accurate description would refer to Santa Marta as the "oldest Spanish colonial settlement in Latin America". There are pre-columbian cities in South America that were founded before the arrival of Spanish and Portuguese colonizers. Such is the case of Cuzco, Peru. Their physical traces were not erased and they continue to thrive.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.