Chapinero

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Chapinero

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Chapinero is the second locality of Bogotá, capital of Colombia. It is located in northeastern Bogotá. It is among the more affluent of localities in the city, and is home to several important commercial and dining areas. It comprises three major residential areas: Chicó, El Lago, and Chapinero. It also contains a principal connecting point between the city and the eastern municipalities of Cundinamarca.

Chapinero was a traditional stop between Bogotá and the municipalities to the north during the colonial period. The area was settled in 1812 by workers in the various


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Extracted from wikipedia.

Chapinero is the second locality of Bogotá, capital of Colombia. It is located in northeastern Bogotá. It is among the more affluent of localities in the city, and is home to several important commercial and dining areas. It comprises three major residential areas: Chicó, El Lago, and Chapinero. It also contains a principal connecting point between the city and the eastern municipalities of Cundinamarca.

Chapinero was a traditional stop between Bogotá and the municipalities to the north during the colonial period. The area was settled in 1812 by workers in the various industries that provided Bogotá with its day-to-day necessities. The name Chapinero is probably derived from one of these, likely a derivative of a rustic type of shoe that was produced in the area. Toward the end of the 1800s, the area was further settled with mansions and country estates. As the urbanized city expanded, the area was integrated accordingly. Mule-pulled trams were extended northward in 1875, followed by electric tracks in 1910.
When the Special District of Bogotá was formed in 1955, the area was made into a locality. At that time the El Lago, Chicó, and Cataluña neighborhoods were added into the locality. The physical boundaries remained the same under the reorganization into the Capital District that took place in 1991.

Together with La Candelaria and Teusaquillo, Chapinero is one of the traditional neighborhoods that is distinctive of a particular era in the city's history and urban growth. A historically upper-class neighborhood, Chapinero is famous for its large, Victorian houses which reflect the influence of European architectural styles in Bogotá at the beginning of the 20th century.

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