|Plaza de los Martires, a scene of human degeneracy|
During Colombia's decade of revolution from Spain in 1810-20, this area, then on the city's edge, was the scene of key battles. During Spain's short-lived reconquest of Colombia (1815-19), the Spaniards executed revolutionaries here, the most famous of them probably the young seamstress Policarpa Salavarrieta, now on the 10,000 peso note. Later, Colombians fought each other here during the first of the country's many civil wars.
|'It is sweet and honorable to die for the fatherland.'|
|The century-old church shows its age.|
|Charity workers distribute food to homeless. The beggars broke into fights every few minutes.|
|Waiting for handouts.|
|This woman had fallen ill and was helped by paramedics.|
|'It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country,' but the monument, renovated in 2008, doesn't show it.|
Meanwhile, however, the human wreckage wandering across the plaza and sleeping on its grass seems to represent Colombia's martrydom - to the War on Drugs, to the many civil wars, which helped nobody and left so many lives devastated.
|Lost cause? This plaque boasts about the city's 2008 renovation of the plaza.|
|A horse cart rolls home thru, with the church in the background.|
|This building, on the plaza's corner, once was grand.|
|A Los Martires street today|