Arango, Débora b. November 11, 1907 d. December 4, 2005 Artist. She was born in Medellín (Colombia) and died in Envigado (Antioquía, Colombia). She was the disciple of painters Eladio Vélez and Pedro Nel Gómez. In 1939, she shocked the hypocrite moral of colombian society of her time, with her nude painting "Cantarina de Rosa." She was hardly criticized and almost excommunicated by the catholic church. In 1955, she exposed her works during a day in Madrid, because Franco's dictatorship censored the exhibition. Also, she was a critic of the politic...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Iglesia de San Marcos (Envigado, Antioquía), Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
Bidlack, Benjamin Alden b. September 8, 1804 d. February 6, 1849 US Congressman. Elected to represent Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1841 to 1845. He also served as a Member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1835, and as the United States Charge d'Affaires to New Grenada from 1845 until his death in 1849. He has a Cenotaph memorial in Milford, Pennsylvania. English Cemetery, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia
Catalina, La India b. 1507 Columbian Folk Figure. She was a young girl, and daughter of a cacique, or native chief, when she was taken prisoner by Spanish Captain Diego de Nicuesa, in Galerazamba. He took her to Santo Domingo, where she was sold as an orphan to a high ranking Spanish official, who baptized and educated her, raising her as if she was his own. When she was about 26, her adoptive mother died, and, with her only sister about to marry, she returned to her native city. Being fluent in both Spanish and the...[Read More] Just outside the city wall, Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia
Claver, Peter b. June 26, 1580 d. September 8, 1654 Roman Catholic Saint. A native of Spain, this young Jesuit left his home in 1610 to spend the rest of his life doing mission work in present day Colombia, South America. He was ordained in 1616 in the port city of Cartagena. This city was a major port for the slave trade. An estimated ten thousand slaves from West Africa were brought through there annually. This young priest was so dedicated to the plight of the slaves that he would meet them, often running through the water to board the ship...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Saint Peter Claver Church, Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia Plot: Encased within the high altar
Concha Córdoba, Cardinal. Luis b. November 7, 1891 d. September 18, 1975 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of José Vicente Concha, president of Colombia, and his first wife, Luis Concha Córdoba was born in Bogotá where he received his first education at home. Moving to Paris along with his father following the latter's appointment as ambassador in France, he entered the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice, later pursuing his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Ordained priest in Bogotá in October 1916 during the period in which his father was serving his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Catedral Primada, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia
de Lezo, Don Blas [memorial] b. 1689 d. 1741 Spanish naval hero. Veteran of 23 campaigns. In 1704 fought against Admiral Vernon in the Battle of Gibraltar, and the Battle of VŽlez-M‡laga lost his left leg to a cannonball, fighting French and Anglo-German squadrons. In the Battle of Toulon he lost his left eye, during the assault on Santa Catalina Castle. In 1713, during the Battle of Barcelona, he lost his right arm. In 1741 he was appointed to defend the City of Cartagena against an attacking fleet of 180 ships manned by 28,000 British...[Read More] Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia
Duque, Cardinal. Aníbal Muñoz b. October 3, 1908 d. January 15, 1987 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Santa Rosa de Osos, he studied at the Seminary of Santa Rosa de Osos, and he was ordained, on November 19, 1933, in his hometown. He worked as a Faculty member and prefect of the Minor Seminary of the Institute of Missions of Yarumal, from 1933 to 1937 and later was promoted and served as rector and vice-superior general of this same Institute from 1937 to 1950. On May 27, 1951, he was consecrated bishop of Socorro y San Gil. The next year, on December 18...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Catedral Primada, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia Plot: Capilla del Sagrario
Escobar Gaviria, Pablo Emilio b. December 1, 1948 d. December 2, 1993 Drug czar. Leader of the Medellin Cartel, he was killed in a rooftop of the safehouse where he was hiding in Medellin. At his height in the 1980's, he owned fleets of boats and planes, 19 separate residences in Medellin, each with its own helipad. Forbes magazines named him one of the 20 richest men in the world, more than once. He is the only declared public enemy Colombia has had in its history. At one time, Colombia and the US offered $8.7 million for his capture. He created an era of...[Read More] (Bio by: Maru Gines) Cause of death: Shot and killed by Colombian authorities Cemetario Jardins Montesacro, Itagui, Antioquia, Colombia
Gardel, Carlos [original burial site] b. December 11, 1890 d. June 24, 1935 Tango Singer, Composer, and Actor. One of the most prominent figures in the history of tango. The unerring musicality of Gardel's baritone voice and the dramatic phrasing of his lyrics made miniature masterpieces of his hundreds of three-minute tango recordings. Together with lyricist and long-time collaborator Alfredo Le Pera, Gardel wrote several classic tangos. He died in an airplane crash at the height of his career, becoming an archetypal tragic hero mourned throughout Latin America. For...[Read More] Cementerio de San Pedro, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Luque Sánchez, Cardinal. Crisanto b. February 1, 1889 d. May 19, 1959 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Tenjo, Crisanto Luque Sánchez attended the conciliar seminary of Bogotá and was ordained priest in October 1916. Chaplain of the Marley clinic, vicar of the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves parish and pastor of Guachetá, in 1931 Luque Sánchez was appointed auxiliary for the diocese of Tunja receiving his episcopal consecration with the titular see of Croae on May 3 of that year at the primatial cathedral of Bogotá. Named archbishop of the metropolitan see of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Catedral Primada, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia Plot: Capilla de San Pedro.
Moreno Durán, Rafael Humberto b. November 7, 1946 d. November 21, 2005 Author. He was born in Tunja, Bocayá, Colombia. He became well know for his trilogy "Femina Suite," that include "Juego de Damas," "Tique de Diana" and "Finale Capriccioso con Madonna." He also wrote "Mambrú Se Fue a la Guerra," the tales book "Cartas en el Asunto" and the essay "De la Barbarie a la Imaginación." He died of cancer in Bogotá, Colombia. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Jardines de la Paz, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia
Núñez, Rafael Wenceslao b. September 28, 1825 d. September 18, 1894 President of Columbia. Rafael Wenceslao Núñez Moledo twice served as the elected President of Colombia (1880 and 1884). He served in many keys positions throughout his life. He was Circuit Judge in Chiriquí, Panama in 1848 and in the same year began his political career with an appointed as Chief of Staff of Cartagena's government. In 1853, he was elected to the Colombian Congress and in the following year, was elected Governor of the Department of Bolívar. Under President Manuel María...[Read More] (Bio by: Vagabond) El Cabrero Hermitage, Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia
Puyana, Rafael b. October 14, 1931 d. March 1, 2013 Musician. A harpsichordist, he is remembered as the late 20th century's premier exponent of his instrument. Born Rafael Antonio Lazara Puyana Michelsen, he manifested his talent early, began formal piano study at six, and at 13 made a well received recital debut at Bogata's Teatro Colon. At 16 he relocated to Boston for study at the New England Conservatory and while there developed an attraction to the then largely ignored harpsichord then after further education at Hartford, Connecticut's...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cementerio Central, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia
Revollo Bravo, Cardinal. Mario b. June 19, 1919 d. November 3, 1995 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Genoa, Italy, where his father was serving as Colombian consul of the city, Mario Revollo Bravo was raised in Bogotá, where he entered seminary. Pursuing his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Biblical Institute, he was ordained priest there in October 1943 at the Chiesa del Gesù of the Jesuit fathers. Back in Bogotá, he served as chaplain to Catholic schools between 1948 and 1967, member of the teaching staff of the major...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Catedral Primada, Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia Plot: Capilla de La Soledad.