The dark history full of curses, myths and legends of the Marroquín Castle and its link with drug trafficking

The dark history full of curses, myths and legends of the Marroquín Castle and its link with drug trafficking
The dark history full of curses, myths and legends of the Marroquín Castle and its link with drug trafficking


He Marroquin Castlelocated in the municipality of Chía, Cundinamarca, was built by Lorenzo Marroquín Osorio, son of former president José Manuel Marroquín. Its construction began in 1898 and was completed in 1900. Since then, the property has been permeated with unusual events.

This structure, which combines European styles, predominantly neo-Gothic and Renaissance, makes it unique in the region. Originallythe castle was used as a private residence by the Marroquín family. Over time, because of its beautybecame a coveted place and was used for various purposes, including social and cultural events.

It is said that meetings were held within its walls that culminated in the sale of Panama to the United States in 1903. The castle went through a period of abandonment and deterioration. In the 1940s, It was rented and converted into a cabaret.

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In 1952, the castle was rented again, this time for house a psychiatric hospital. During this period, two inmate suicides were reported.

In 1968, Venezuelan oil magnate Guillermo Villasmil acquired the castle. Villasmil proceeded to renovate and beautify the castle, however, the foreigner He died in a plane crash the day he was going to move.

During the 80s and 90s, in the midst of the drug trafficking boom in Colombia, The property passed to Juan Camilo Zapata Vásquez, linked to drug traffickers Pablo Escobar. and Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha.

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It is said that Zapata, a native of the municipality of Campamento, Antioquia, a prisoner of paranoia, murdered several of his employees for suspecting that they were informants. Finally, in 1993after the persecution by the Government of the Medellín CartelZapata was murdered on the La Florida de Copacabana farm, in Antioquiaafter a shootout with the authorities.

ANDn 2005authorities seized the castle as part of an operation against assets obtained by Zapata through illicit activities.

Justice declared the extinction of ownership over the propertyand in 2022, this decision became final for 58 properties and six companies linked to the drug trafficker’s family.

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Since the seizurethe castle was under the administration of the Sociedad de Activos Especiales (SAE). For years, the property was used for social events such as weddings or special celebrations.

Now, the new function for property will become the headquarters of the Pedagogical University to be used as an educational center for teacher training, as announced by President Gustavo Petro.

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