Agua de Dios
Agua de Dios (Water of God) was established in 1870 for people with leprosy, as a result of government policy tracing its roots to the 17th century, to isolate people with the disease.
Here a unique Catholic religious community was founded, "Instituto de Las Hijas de los Sagrados Corazones de Jesus y Maria,” as the only order who accepted girls who had leprosy or whose parents had had the disease.
Today, the municipality of Agua de Dios has a population of 13,000, approximately 800 of whom have had leprosy. Sixteen of the buildings are protected as National Heritage Sites.
photo: "El Puente do los Suspiros," "The Bridge of Breath," which symbolized an individual's last grasp of freedom.
Courtesy Patty Devia Angarita