One of Cúcuta’s primary attractions is this recreation of the historic childhood home of General Francisco de Paula Santander, a hero of Colombian independence who was born there in 1792. The original house was destroyed in the earthquake of 1875; the building you see today was built 1971 and restored in 1990. The colonial-style house has been transformed into a museum where you can find many of Santander's belongings, such as his uniform, a few swords, a press of the colonial era, a collection of books, and two facsimiles of handwritten letters of General Santander dated 1832 and 1833.