Museo de la Independencia – Casa del Florero
Just after Napoleon overcame Spain in 1810, local Creole Antonio Morales supposedly came to this late-16th-century home and demanded an...
Capilla del Sagrario
This small baroque cathedral has more to see than its bigger brother next door, the Catedral Primada, including six large paintings by...
Plaza de Bolívar
The usual place to start discovering Bogotá is Plaza de Bolívar, the heart of the original town. In the middle of the square is a bronze...
One of two big Starbucks-like chains here (Oma is the other), Juan Valdéz does as a reliable a job with a tinto (black coffee),...
La Puerta Falsa
This is Bogotá's most famous snack shop. Displays of multicolored candies beckon you into this tiny spot that's been in business since...
Plaza de Bolívar · interesting places nearby
Catedral Primada information
This neoclassical cathedral stands on the site where the first Mass may have been celebrated after Bogotá was founded in 1538 (some historians argue it happened at Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo, just east). Either way, it's Bogotá's largest. It's also the main plaza's most dominating building, facing from the northeast corner.
The original simple thatched chapel was replaced by a more substantial building from 1556 to 1565, which later collapsed due to poor foundations. In 1572 the third church went up, but the earthquake of 1785 reduced it to ruins. Only in 1807 was the massive building that stands today initiated and it was successfully completed by 1823. It was partially damaged during the Bogotazo riots in 1948. Unlike many Bogotá churches, the spacious interiors have relatively little ornamentation. The tomb of Jiménez de Quesada, the founder of Bogotá, is in the largest chapel off the right-hand aisle.