Bogotá Sights

As you tour the city, take a taxi whenever possible—don't be carefree about strolling around, even during the day, or about lingering in places at night—it's simply not safe to do so. Keep in mind that carreras (roads) run north–south and calles (streets) run east–west. You'll probably spend much of your time in the charming neighborhood of La Candelaria. To the north of La

Candelaria is the downtown area, which is slightly forlorn-looking but holds a handful of bars and restaurants, mostly in La Macarena. Farther uptown and marked by towering office buildings is the Centro Internacional, the city's financial center. To the north is the leafy Zona Rosa, a popular shopping district anchored by an upscale shopping mall called Centro Andino. Farther north along the Carrera 7, at Calle 116, is Hacienda Santa Barbara, another high-end shopping mall built as an extension of an old mansion. A few blocks north of Hacienda Santa Barbara is the plaza of Usaquén, an Andean village that became a neighborhood as Bogotá grew but still maintains its small-town manner.

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Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango

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The modern Luis Ángel Arango Library, one of many cultural institutions in the capital funded by the state bank, sponsors changing international...

Casa de Nariño

  • Government Building

The Presidential Palace had to be rebuilt in 1949 following its destruction during "El Bogotazo," an uprising sparked by the assassination...

Casa de la Moneda

  • Museum/Gallery

The former national mint displays coins whose gold content was secretly reduced by the king of Spain, slugs made by revolutionaries from...

Cerro de Monserrate

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Although dense smog often obscures the skyline, the view of chaotic Bogotá from Monserrate Hill is still breathtaking. The panorama...

Colección de Arte del Banco de la República

  • Museum/Gallery

This large collection, in the same complex as the Museo Botero, is an overview of Colombian art from the colonial period to the present,...

Iglesia Museo Santa Clara

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The simple, unadorned facade of the 17th-century Church of St. Clara gives no hint of the dazzling frescoes—the work of nuns once cloistered...

Iglesia San Diego

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This simple two-aisle church built by Franciscan monks in the early 17th century once stood on a quiet hacienda on the outskirts of colonial...

Iglesia de San Francisco

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The 16th-century Church of St. Francis is famous for its fabulous Mudéjar interior, carved with geometric designs borrowed from Islamic...

Iglesia de la Tercera Orden

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The intricate carvings on the mahogany altar at the 1761 Church of the Third Order are the most beautiful in Bogotá. A local myth claims...

Museo Arqueológico

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The magnificent mansion that houses the Museum of Archaeology–the facility is colloquially known around town as the MUSA–once belonged...

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