Are you thinking of visiting the Colombian capital? If so, you’ll be glad to know that it is a city full of magic and charm. One of the places you can not miss is downtown of Bogotá.
In this area of the city you will find incredible places that will make you fall in love with this city. Most of the streets still retain their colonial style, presenting an unforgettable view to their visitors.
In the center of Bogotá you can visit a large number of museums that will help you learn about aspects of the culture and customs typical of the country. Do you want to know which ones to visit? We tell you everything.
The Botero Museum is one of the mandatory visits in Bogotá, it is located in La Candelaria; one of the colonial sectors of the city’s main tourist attraction.
This museum emerged in 2000 when the artist Fernando Botero donated a collection of 208 works to the Banco de la República. Among these were 123 of Botero’s own authorship, and the remaining 85 by international artists.
Of these 85 works, it is worth mentioning some of the most prominent and world-famous artists such as Picasso, Kalder, Giacometti, Dalí and Monet. If you are an art lover, the Botero museum will love you.
The facilities of this fascinating museum are located in a colonial house that also has an interesting history; reflection of the memories that the city of Bogotá treasures.
If you plan to visit this museum, you can enjoy its permanent exhibition with the works donated by Botero. The artist personally, was responsible for determining the location of each of them.
San Francisco Church
Another captivating place in downtown Bogotá is the church of San Francisco; The oldest in the city. It is undoubtedly an architectural relic built between 1550 and 1557.
Originally the structure of the church consisted of a single nave, resulting in a fairly simple building. However, with the passage of time it became necessary to make a restoration and expansion.
This was mainly motivated by the large number of visitors it received. With the intention of housing more people, small chapels were attached to its right side.
Like any old building, this church suffered serious damage as a result of an earthquake that shook the city in 1785. Then, a second restoration was carried out in which the chapels were integrated into a second nave.
On August 11, 1975, the Church of San Francisco de Bogotá was declared a National Monument. And it is that beyond its religious significance, it is a symbol of the passing of the years and the splendor of the time in which it was built.
Quinta de Bolívar Museum
Part of the importance of downtown Bogotá is that it was the key stage of historical events that have defined the country. It is not surprising then, that in this place is what was once the house of Simón Bolívar.
The building that today is known as Simón Bolívar House Museum House – Quinta de Bolívar Museum has endured over the years; dating back to 1820 when it was given to the Liberator by the government of New Granada.
Over the years it has undergone several restorations, allowing today to be quite similar to what it looked like when it was inhabited by the hero. If you decide to visit it, you can go back to its time of splendor.
Within its facilities educational services are offered in which tours are made through the fifth, enjoying different talks and workshops.
Additionally, the museum has a wide collection of works related to the Liberator. Each of them reflects its history and the perception of many artists, paying tribute to Bolívar.
Casa de la Moneda
Another building that you can not miss on your tour of downtown Bogotá is the Casa de la Moneda. It was opened in 1961 and in 1985 closed to receive some renovations of its different spaces.
The facilities of the Mint retain a colonial style, which helps you immerse yourself in the history of the country. In its different rooms you can enjoy works related to the national life of Colombia.
With a tour of this museum, you will be able to know the processes of production of coins and bills over time, located in the historical context of each case. In this way, the country’s social and economic history is narrated in a didactic way.
The two-story building with permanent exhibitions on the first floor and, a portion of the second, exhibits the objects that are part of the history of national bills and coins.
Additionally, the second floor has a space for art and games to enjoy a pleasant time, surrounded by conceptual works.
These are just some of the most attractive places to visit in the center of Bogotá when you visit this magical city. However, the historic center of the country has entertainment options for all tastes.
A couple of days may be enough for you to visit these charming museums and discover a bit of the fascinating history of Colombia.
The Colombian capital is a faithful and proud witness of the growth, culture and national traditions reflected in its historic center, with its various options to discover more about this country.
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