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Mompox is an island situated at the Magdalena River that preserves the colonial architecture and Spanish traditions. In 1995 the historical center was declared as a Cultural World Heritage by the UNESCO as a spectacular example of a Spanish 16th-Century colonial city in Latin America. As many of the buildings still serve their original purposes, including schools, churches, town halls and even the local hospital, Santa Cruz de Mompox represents a significant piece of Latin Americas colonial history.