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Located in the colonial neighborhood "la candelaria", the museum is interesting and the building lovely.
The entrance is free Monday through Friday (except Tuesdays) until 4pm
2 floors of gold, pottery, and other jewelry made by the precolumbian people in the country, often a temporary exhibition (the last time I went was dragon motifs in Chinese art, including bronze, ceramics (Ming Vases, ooo!), cloth, and wood), and the top floor that is more geared towards the archeology of the country.
Ridiculously overpriced gift shop. Go to the artesenal market next door to get the same stuff for cheaper. Although it's still probably overpriced there, but at least you can bargain a little.
Here you can see the Cathedral, and hte rest of main buildings. When I stood there it was a pacific manifestation with names of people who were kidnapped, I dont know if is permanent, but when you see that is like half of the square you can take some idea of what is the conflict about.
On Sundays and public holidays, many of the main streets in Bogota are given over to pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and roller-bladers. The 'ciclovia' is popular with residents here, and it's worth hiring a bike and getting out and about under your own steam.
The 'ciclovia' is in operation from 8am to 2pm, so make sure you're back in time, or you'll be faced with the Bogota traffic!
Monserrate is a church (and look out point) on top of the mountain, next to the Candelaria neighbourhood... at 3.150 meters above sea level!!
The view from up there ... is just from all Bogota. Gorgeous!!
This is a must-do thing in Bogota.
Going up / down costs around $6.300 each way... totally worth it!
Fernando Botero is one of the most well-known artists ... his painting and sculptures have a very particular style that belongs only to him.
In this museum you'll find a very wide selections of his work ... plus some of Picasso, Dali, Monet among others.
The entrance is free, and it's a 'must-see' if you visit Bogota!
It's a very interesting museum with the first coins to be made in Colombia, lot of old artifacts ... plus some expositions of Colombian or international artists (sculpture and/or paints).
One of the best things is the Casa Botero, right behind the building (see the next tip).
August is Kite flying season in Bogota. You will know this by the large number of streetside Kite salesmen who spring up and by the fealling that the wind is ready to snatch you away at any second. I recomend that you buy a homemade kite for under $5 and go to Parque Simon Bolivar. You will be amazed to see how many kites can fit into so little sky. It is really a beautiful sight to see the layers of kites. Watch out for the trees and if you really get into the kites, head up to Villa de Leyva in lat August for the Kite Festival.
What stroke me the most is how difficult it was for me to get out the teleferico and walk all the way to the church. It seemt like an endless road. I was bended in two, putting all my energy in each step and still felt like an 80yrs old grandma'. I had already spent a good week in Bogota but for some reason, the lack of oxygen gave me a hard time up there.
I asked the operator of the teleferico if there were some kind of legend associated with the Sanctuario de Monserrate (with a name like that, there had to be a story...). This outgoing young man said he didn't believed in it but that couples who go together to the Monserrate NEVER MARRY... huh, so, I asked :"Did you ever bring a girlfriend up there"? and he answered "NO, never"!!!!
Beautiful drive throught the country side to this Colonial City. Went there on ´"Battle of Boyaca" Featival. Too many people, but what a pretty place. I´m going back to get more photos when it´s raining and so crowded.
Monsarate in the day is cool, with great views of Bogota, but at night the whole city lights up and the views are amazing. I recomend getting there at 5 or so, have an early dinner at San Isidro, and enjoy the lights on the way out.
Bogota is dominated by Mountians on its eastern side, Two of these Mountians, Monsarrate and Guatalupe have become religious sights. Guadalupe is crowned by a giant Statue of the Virgin Mary with arms open, excessable only by foot. Monsarrate is home to a church and a few resturants. Monsarrate is allso accessable by foot, ro by Funicular Tranin and areal Cable Car. Much easier on the legs and lungs to get an amazing view of all of Bogota spread before you like a map.
For a picture of the View see my Bogota Intro Page.
Simón Bolívar inhabited his house for 423 days which were not consecutive but was the longest time he ever lived on the same place during his adult life.
Besides this beautiful house was the last camping house from those that surrounded the colonial city of Santafe before the independence era.
Unfortunately we didn't make it on time before they close so I only managed to take a couple of pictures on the entrance and the gardens.
Take a look at the website for more information.
The Museo del Oro in SantaFé de Bogotá, Colombia, offers a splendid presentation of more than 33,000 items of gold and emeralds and other precious materials crafted in pre-Hispanic times.
The Gold Museum, part of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia, preserves and protects this fabulous cultural legacy. The most important museum of its kind anywhere, Museo del Oro showcases the work of ancient peoples who believed gold is the materialization of the life-giving energy from Father Sun.
The Tumaco, Calima, Malagana, Cauca, San Agustín, Tierradentro, Nari6no, Quimbaya and Tolima cultures worked in the southwestern regions of what is now Colombia. The Sinú, Urabá, Tairona and Muisca cultures existed in the northern regions and were part of the legend of El Dorado, a cacique, or chieftain, whose body was covered in gold dust for the ceremony of throwing gold into Lake Guatavita as an offering to the gods. Don't miss the display of the tiny boat showing this ceremony.
The collection includes bracelets, earrings, necklaces, breast plates, masks, figurines and rings created from 500 D.C. until the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century and is displayed in a well-guarded fortress-like room on the top floor. Only twenty people are allowed in at a time.
On the first floor, interpretive cultural displays include pottery, tools and every day items. The second floor has a model of the La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of the Taironas discovered in 1975. Also on display are two gold crosses, adorned with diamonds and emeralds, from the colonial period.
The Museo offers educational programs to students, videos, special tours and many archaeological programs and lectures. Audio tapes are available in Spanish, English, German, French and Italian. The museum store has replicas on sale and some are fantastic!
The National Museum is the oldest museum in Colombia, it was founded by the Colombian Republic's First Congress in 1823, and was first opened in 1824 in the botany expedition house. The museum was moved several times until 1946 when it was placed finally in its actual building; before known as "El Panóptico" or "Penitenciaría Nacional de Cundinamarca".
The Museum has the biggest collection in the country, divided into four big categories: Archaeology, Etnography, History and Arts. Beginning with the oldest human remains found in Colombia, going by Republican's samples of different arts, until the last works in arts. The museum also has special expositions, where it holds an International arts collections borrowed from museums and private collectors around the world.
You can find more information in the Museum's web page http://www.museonacional.gov.co (in Spanish only).
Written by Héctor Andrés Salazar Rodríguez
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