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Salamina

Salamina is a Colombian town and municipality in the region of Caldas. It was declared a national monument and world heritage site. The town was named in honor of the Greek island Salamis Salamina. In Salamina, the economic system revolves around mining, agriculture, animal husbandry, and fisheries. Salamina is well positioned with respect to culture, as it has the annual Bandas Festival and the “Night of Fire,” where there are fireworks and candles everywhere. These two festivals have become sources of tourism in Salamina. Salamina also has several colleges, in particular the Pius XII Educational Institution, the Sara Ospina Educational Institution, the Normal Maria Scholastic, and others. The imprint of the Antiochian architecture has stopped time in Salamina, hence its appeal. A lovely group of adobe houses, covered with clay tiles, with eaves intended to give shade to the uneven streets, creates a unique atmosphere that only lives and breathes in Salamina. The terraced balconies overhead, brightly painted and adorned with colorful flowers, as well as gates, decorated with baroque inlays, give an idea of the perfection with which the Salaminian craftsmen worked wood in the past.

Highlights 
City with great cultural activity.
Beautiful and kind people.
Known as the City of Parks.
Adobe homes provide great architectural appeal.
Transport 
The city has an urban transport system with two-way roads that connect the urban sector of Salamina with the capital of Caldas. The first, more important road goes through the northern part of Caldas. The second track in the western part of the area leads to Medellin. It is a longer, alternative route, passing through the municipality of La Pintada (Antioquia), Aguadas, and Pacora.
The best of the city 

House of Culture: The House of Culture includes a library, conference room, exhibition hall, and archaeological museum of about 230 pieces, which is not currently operating. It hosts all kinds of cultural events such as art exhibitions, workshops, courses, artisanal crafts, and more.

The Kiosk: In the middle of the village’s central park, you’ll find this space that mixes arabesques, filigree, otroras, and openwork woodwork. It is the meeting place for the inhabitants of Salamina.

Cemetery: For 35 years the cemetery was divided into two parts: the cemetery of the rich and the cemetery of the poor, until in 1976 Archbishop Luis Enrique Hoyos broke down the wall that divided the cemetery, thus leaving a single cemetery for all.

Palma De Cera La Samaria Natural Forest: The forest is located in the village of San Felix, near Salamina. It is a unique site because the palms found there reach great heights that have taken about 60 years to grow.

Immaculate Conception Temple: Construction began on this temple in 1860 by the proposal of priest Francisco Antonio Isaza. The facade of the church is recognized as one of the most beautiful architectural structures in the Romanesque style.

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Climate

Climate 
Salamina has pleasant weather: 22o C (72o F). The dry season is usually in December-January and July-August and the rainy season in April-May and October-November, although this can vary considerably.
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