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The “Comuneros” House is a lovely colonial mansion located in the southyestern part of the Bolivar square, is an example of architectural restoration.

The “Comuneros” House was built in the second half of the 17th century by order of Pedro de Ochoa and was later acquired by Juan Florez de Ocariz. He came to the Nuevo Reino de Granada in 1626 as an official of the Royal treasury and held other important posts, including that of an infantry captain, he is known for a book, published in 1674, which details the genealogies of the conquistadores and discoverers of the Nuevo Reino de Granada. It was probably he who ordered the paintings of acanthus flowers, birds and the god neptune on the wooden paneling and tie beams of the roof. They are still conserved in the part of the houses that faces Carrera 8 and were discovered during the restoration work. It is the only original part of the house. the other two parts and the wall that forms that patio and separates the house from the adjoining one on the south were reconstructed during the restoration.




The house is developed around a central patio, which is entered through a hallway. This leads to a vestibule that is separated from the patio by wooden pillars. On one side of it there is a dog-leg stair way with a half-pace landing. The house also has a rear patio, which is entered through the west end. On the second floor, a perimetic corridor surrounds the patio and gives access to the different spaces. On the north end a number of murals by the artist Sergio Trujillo Magnenat are dedicated to the “comuneros”, leaders of a pre-independence rebellion who were imprisoned in this house before they were executed in 1782. A sunoke brick doorway frames the main entrance on the front. The facade is made up of rectangular bays, a projecting wooden balcony on the corner and an eave above.



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