What to see in Bogotà, the capital of Colombia

What to see in Bogotà, the capital of Colombia

Bogotà, the capital of Colombia is considered to be one of the most interesting and exciting cities in South America from a cultural view point.

There is no shortage of places to see ranging from museums to outdoor places of interest. The Colombian capital is full of attractions to interest everyone.

Here is a list of things to see if you ever have the chance to visit this fascinating city.

Plaza de Bolívar

This is the heart of the old city and houses the first public monument that was erected in the capital of Colombia. It is a statue of Simón Bolívar the Liberator of Spanish America. This is thought to be the perfect place from which to start a tour around the city.

La Candelaria

This is the historic district of Bogotà. Experiencing a stroll through its streets has been described as being similar to a promenade during the colonial era. Every museum, bookshop and restaurant hides its own unique story.

The Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Or the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – as it is known in English, is considered to be one of the most beautiful catholic churches in Bogotà. Built in the gothic style, it is striking for its white, blue and red colouring.

Graffiti in Bogotà

The streets of the Colombian capital are literally drowning in graffiti with works by street artists who want to represent the people of Bogotà, their culture and their issues.

The Museum of Gold

Almost certainly the most famous museum in Colombia’s capital, this museum houses one of the most spectacular collections of pre-Hispanic art, culture and tradition. More than 55,000 gold artefacts are exhibited here and are accompanied by descriptions and historical notes.

The Botero Museum

Dedicated to one of the most famous Colombian artists in the world, Fernando Botero, this museum houses a collection that also includes works by Dalí, Degas and Picasso.

The Museum of Santa Clara

Managed by the Government, this is one of the oldest and most decorative churches in the Colombian capital. It was built between 1629 and 1674 and is most memorable for its golden flower motifs in the vaulted ceiling and for the numerous paintings and sculptures that adorn the walls.

The Botanical Gardens

A true oasis of peace and tranquillity amidst the chaos of the city, the botanical gardens of Bogotà are the largest and the most impressive in Colombia. Inside the gardens, there are some 130,000 different species of plants which represent those that grow across the country, amongst which are some exquisite orchids.

Mount Monserrate

This has been a place of pilgrimage since the 17° century and in fact, this is where the church of The Fallen Lord is situated. Mount Monserrate rises some 3,000 metres above sea level and provides spectacular views across the capital of Colombia. The perfect time of day to visit is around sunset.

Andrés Carne de Res

A restaurant that is so much more than a restaurant! The decor is surreal, the events and parties are the perfect mix with which to create an unforgettable evening. At the same time, the menu promises not to disappoint: in 2017 it was included in the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.

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