Iglesia Museo Santa Clara
The simple, unadorned facade of the 17th-century Church of St. Clara gives no
hint of the dazzling frescoes that bathe the interior walls. The small museum
has paintings and sculpture by various 17th-century artists.
The striking building that houses the National Museum was a prison until 1946.
Designed by English architect Thomas Reed, the museum is arranged to give you a
history of Colombia. Everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary art is
on display, including works by Fernando Botero and Alejandro Obregón.
Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango
The modern Luis Angel Arango Library sponsors frequently changing international
art exhibits. It is also known for its occasional chamber music concerts.
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar
Built in 1800, it was donated to Simon Bolívar in 1820 for his services to the
fledgling republic. The house has a distinct Spanish flavor and a lovely
This magnificent mansion, which houses the Museum of Archaeology, once belonged
to the Marquís de San Jorge, a colonial viceroy infamous for his cruelty. Today
it displays a large collection of pre-Columbian ceramics.
Museo de Arte Colonial
Renovations in 1999 helped preserve this 17th-century Andalusian-style mansion,
home of the Museum of Colonial Art. In its substantial collection are paintings
by Vasquez and Figueroa, 17th- and 18th-century furniture, and precious
Museo de Oro
The Museo de Oro contains a comprehensive collection of pre-Columbian
artifacts. The museum's more than 34,000 pieces were gathered -- often by force
-- from indigenous cultures, including the Muisca, Nariño, Calima, and Sinú.
Palacio de Narino
The Presidential Palace had to be rebuilt in 1949 following its destruction
during El Bogotazo, an uprising sparked by the assassination of Liberal leader
Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. Although it is not open to the public.
Cerro de Monserrate
Monserrate hill provides exceptional panaromic views of Bogata and beyond.
Casa de la Moneda
The former national mint displays coins whose gold content was secretly reduced
by the king of Spain, slugs made by revolutionaries from empty cartridges, and
currency minted for use exclusively in Colombia's former leper colonies. This
museum is part of the complex that houses the Donación Botero and the Colección
Permanente de Artes Plásticas.
Coleccion Permanente de Artes Plasticas
Colombian art collection from the colonial period to the present.
Museo de Arte Moderno
The huge windows in the beautifully designed Museum of Modern Art create a
marvelous sense of spaciousness. Peruse the changing exhibits of works by
national and international artists.
In 2000, world-famous artist Fernando Botero donated dozens of works from his
private collection to Colombia. The collection includes 123 of his own
paintings, sculptures, and drawings. Equally impressive, however, are his
donation of 85 original works of renowned European and North American artists.
Plaza de Toros Santamaria
This a bullfighting event that takes place every year during January and
Iglesia de la Tercera Orden
The intricate carvings on the mahogany altar at the Church of the Third Order
are the most beautiful in Bogotá. A local myth claims that the completion of
the altar so exhausted sculptor Pablo Caballero that he died a madman.
Plaza del Chorro del Quevedo
This is where conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada and his soldiers
celebrated the founding of Bogotá on August 6, 1538. A small fountain here
recalls the "Chorro del Quevedo," the brook where the conquistadors quenched
Monserrate is 3,190 m above sea level. You have three options of getting
yourself to the top of Mount Monserrate. You can climb. The second option is a
cable car that carries about 100 people and its goes through a 750 foot long
tunnel excavated out of the side of the mountain that takes about 10 minutes.
Or you can take the cable car. That ride takes about 3 minutes. When you reach
the top you have spectacular views of Bogotá. There is a statue in a glass case
( The lord of Monserrate) which hundreds of cripples flock to and kiss and then
retreat to the church to pray.
Cathedral of Salt of Zipaquira
A contender for the eighth wonder of the world, this underground cathedral is
being chiseled out of a former salt mine.
La Candelaria is the most historic / colonial part of Bogotá. All its houses are
bright colors, its streets narrow, some cobblestone, each place with its own
unique door. It's full of people in the evenings/at night. There's so much to
see, and at the top of some of the steep streets you get a breathtaking view of
Plaza de Bolivar
Famous square marking a historic turning point in Columbia's colonial past.
This park not only offers you a pleasant and relaxing walk and the chance to
catch a glimpse of a famous personality, but also a space to enjoy cultural
activities and events, such as Opera and Jazz in the Park