Plaza de Bolívar
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...
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...
On the western side of the plaza, this French-style building is now home to the alcaldía (mayor's office). The building was erected...
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
Plaza de Bolívar information
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 statue of Simón Bolívar (cast in 1846), the work of an Italian artist, Pietro Tenerani. This was the first public monument erected in the city.
In the center, beside the 1846 bronze statue of Bolívar (of course), are flocks of pigeons that dive-bomb anyone within 50m of the square – a hat is a good idea.