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    El Bolivar-Condor

    by morgr Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    The Bolivar Condor.

    The Bolivar-Condor, as the local statue to 'El Libertador' is known is quite an oddity and goes well with the other oddity in the city, the Catedral de Manizales. As the name would imply, the statue is of a half Condor half human version of Simon Bolivar. It is perched very high up above the centre of the plaza on a concrete pedestal.

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    Catedral de Manizales

    by morgr Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    On the south side of Plaza Bolivar is the Catedral de Manizales. It's neo-gothic style is truly an oddity in a country where most everything, including churchs, are of Spanish Colonial style. It's main tower is 106m tall, making it the tallest church in Colombia. It is built of reinforced concrete, due to the regions high susceptibility to earthquakes. I did notice several large cracks in the church, which I assumed to be due to earthquakes, as much of the rest of the historical buildings in the city have been destroyed by them.

    The currently standing church is the third church to stand on this spot. The first was built in 1854, but destroyed by an earthquake in 1878. Subsequently, they built a wooden church, which burnt down in 1925. The current oddity was built from 1929.

    Generally the doors are supposed to be open, though due to parades held for the 'Feria' they had closed the doors, so I was not able to see the inside which is apparently quite nice.

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    Plaza Bolivar

    by morgr Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    A mural on Plaza Bolivar.
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    The main square in Manizales, as with most every other city in Colombia, is known as the Plaza Bolivar, in honour of 'El Libertador' Simon Bolivar. It is flanked on the north side by the Palacio del Gobierno (Govonors Palace) and on the south by the gothic Catedral de Manizales. On the east and west there are indestinct random shops and restaurants in modern buildings. In the centre of the square is the aptly named Bolivar-Condor statue, Manizales peculiar statue to 'El Libertador'. Under the cathedral on the southern side of the plaza are two murals.

    It is just one block north of Manizales main street, Carrera 23 and as such makes a nice place to start familiarizing yourself with the city.

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    Coffee Thematic Park

    by Aig Written Mar 28, 2005
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    Coffee Thematic Park is about 2 hours drive from Manizales. Closed first day every month, so I missed it :(

    There is a smaller Juan Valdez place close to Manizales with coffee shops, coffee tasters, butterflies .

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