El Carmen de Viboral

El Carmen de Viboral

Seat of University of Antioquia


Motto: Dios, patria y trabajo
Anthem: Himno al Carmen de Viboral

Location of the municipality of Carmen de Viboral in the Antioquia Department
El Carmen de Viboral

Location in Colombia

Coordinates: 6°5′N 75°20′W / 6.083°N 75.333°W / 6.083; -75.333Coordinates: 6°5′N 75°20′W / 6.083°N 75.333°W / 6.083; -75.333
Country  Colombia
Region Andean Region
Department Antioquia Department
Subregion Eastern
  Total 448 km2 (173 sq mi)
Elevation 2,150 m (7,050 ft)
Population (2002)
  Total 46,062
  Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)

Carmen de Viboral is a town and municipality in the Colombian department of Antioquia. Part of the subregion of Eastern Antioquia. Carmen de Viboral is a small village that specializes in ceramics. Many shops allow visitors to see how ceramics and other handicrafts are made. It is located 54 km (34 mi) away from Medellín, the capital city of the Antioquia department.

Carmen de Viboral is well known for its handcraft ceramics. Which date back to the XIX century (1870-1880) when Eliseo Pareja arrived and found the richness of the region in terms of feldspar and quartz, which are fundamental minerals in the fabrication of ceramics. The ceramics of Carmen de Viboral combined the indigenous and Spaniard tradition plus the American aspirations. They are unique to the region and the world. No two ceramic pieces are the same, as everything is uniquely hand painted.[1]


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