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  • 1. Museo Botero

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

    In 2000, world-famous artist Fernando Botero made headlines when he donated dozens of works from his private collection to Colombia. Botero...Read More

  • 2. Museo de Oro

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

    Bogotá's phenomenal Gold Museum contains an astounding collection of pre-Hispanic Colombian artifacts, with more than 34,000 gold pieces (in...Read More

  • 3. Teatro Colón

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Considered one of the oldest opera houses in the Americas, this masterpiece of baroque architecture–-inspired by the Parisian Palais Garnier...Read More

  • 4. Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango

    La Candelaria | Library/Archive

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

  • 5. Casa de la Moneda

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Casa de Nariño

    La Candelaria | Government Building

    The earliest mentions of this building date back to the mid-1700s, most notably as the home of Antonio Nariño, considered one of Colombia’s...Read More

  • 7. Cerro de Monserrate

    La Candelaria | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although dense smog often obscures the skyline, the view of chaotic Bogotá from Monserrate Hill is still breathtaking, and the sunsets are...Read More

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  • 8. Claustro San Agustín

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

    A former Augustinian cloister dating from 1583, this is one of Bogotá's oldest surviving buildings. This stunning building, previously known...Read More

  • 9. Colección de Arte del Banco de la República

    La Candelaria | 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, including...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de la Tercera Orden

    La Candelaria | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 that...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia de San Francisco

    La Candelaria | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 12. Iglesia Museo Santa Clara

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

    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...Read More

  • 13. Iglesia San Diego

    Centro Internacional | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

  • 14. Museo Arqueológico

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. Museo de Arte Moderno

    Centro Internacional | Museum/Gallery

    The huge windows in the Museum of Modern Art create a sense of spaciousness, the redbrick exterior marking it as another of famous Colombian...Read More

  • 16. Museo Nacional

    Centro Internacional | Museum/Gallery

    The striking building that houses the National Museum was a prison until 1946; some parts, particularly the narrow top-floor galleries, maintain...Read More

  • 17. Plaza de Bolívar

    La Candelaria | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Surrounded by stately structures, this square marks the spot where Bogotá was declared the seat of New Granada's colonial government. Today...Read More

  • 18. Plaza de Toros Santamaría

    Centro Internacional | Sports Venue

    Bogotá's bullring was designed by Rogelio Salmona in a traditional Andalusian style. No bullfights have taken place here since 2012, due to...Read More

  • 19. Quinta de Bolívar

    La Candelaria | House/Mansion/Villa

    Simón Bolívar, the revolutionary hero who drove the Spanish from the northern half of the continent, passed the last years of his life in this...Read More

  • 20. Museo de Arte Colonial

    La Candelaria | Museum/Gallery

    Renovations in 1999 helped preserve this 17th-century Andalusian-style mansion, home of the Museum of Colonial Art. In its substantial collection...Read More

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