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Museo del Oro

Museo del Oro

Bogotá's most famous museum and one of the most fascinating in South America, the Gold Museum contains more than 55,000 pieces of gold and other materials from all of Colombia's major pre-Hispanic cultures. The...

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Museo Botero

Museo Botero

Even if you've never heard of Fernando Botero, you'll probably recognize some of his highly distinctive paintings of oversized (read: chubby) characters, including dodgy dictators, fleet-footed dancers, dogs and...

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Iglesia de San Francisco

Iglesia de San Francisco

Built between 1557 and 1621, the Church of San Francisco is Bogotá's oldest surviving church. In the atmospherically dark interior, with its extravagant pews and steady trickle of praying pilgrims, your eye is...

Plaza in Bogotá

Plaza de Bolívar

The usual place to start discovering Bogotá is the giant concrete Plaza de Bolívar, the heart of the original town. What it lacks in green foliage it makes up for in grandiosity. In the middle of the square is a...

Museum in Bogotá

Colección de Arte

Colección de Arte

Most of Banco de la República's permanent art collection, which features 800 pieces by 250 different artists spread over 16 exhibition halls at two addresses, is reached via elaborate staircases within the same...

Historic Building in Bogotá

Casa de Nariño

Casa de Nariño

On the south side of Plaza de Bolívar, beyond the Capitolio Nacional and reached via Carreras 8 or 7, this is Colombia's neoclassical presidential building, where the country's leader lives and works. To visit,...

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Museo Nacional

Museo Nacional

Housed in the expansive, Greek-cross-shaped building called El Panóptico (designed as a prison by English architect Thomas Reed in 1874), the Museo Nacional explores Colombia's past via archeology, history,...

Church in Bogotá

Museo Santa Clara

Museo Santa Clara

One of Bogotá's most richly decorated churches, the Santa Clara is also its oldest (along with Iglesia de San Francisco). Deconsecrated in 1968, it was acquired by the government and is now run as a museum, with...

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Museo Militar

Museo Militar

This two-floor museum is run by military guys in fatigues, and features playful models sporting the history of military uniforms (note the 'antiterrorist' outfit and the insane diving suit); a Korean War room;...

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Casa Museo Quinta de Bolívar

Casa Museo Quinta de Bolívar

Bringing a bit of the country into the middle of high-rise Bogotá, this lovely historic home–museum is set in a garden at the foot of the Cerro de Monserrate. The mansion was built in 1800 and donated to Simón...

Plaza in Bogotá

Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo

Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo

No one agrees exactly where present-day Bogotá was founded – some say by the Catedral Primada on the Plaza de Bolívar; others say here, in this wee plaza lined with cafes, a small white church and many boho...

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Museo Histórico Policial

Museo Histórico Policial

This surprisingly worthwhile museum not only gets you inside the lovely ex-HQ (built in 1923) of Bogotá's police force, but gives you 45 minutes or so of contact time with English-speaking,18-year-old local...

Park in Bogotá

Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar

At 360 hectares, the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar is slightly larger than New York's Central Park, something that more than a few of the weekend draw of 200,000 local park-goers like to point out. It's a...

Theater in Bogotá

Teatro Colón

Teatro Colón

The Teatro Colón, with its adorable Italian-style facade, has had various names since its birth in 1792; this latest version opened as Teatro Nacional in 1892 and was designed by Italian architect Pietro Cantini....

Church in Bogotá

Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen

With Spanish colonial architecture dominating the historical centre, this peculiar Gothic-style church, adorned with Byzantine and Arabic art, is a rare gem. The church was built between 1926 and 1938 under the...

Museum in Bogotá

Casa de Moneda

Casa de Moneda

This historic museum inside the Banco de la República complex houses the Colección Numismática as well as the Colección de Arte. The former exhibit starts with pre-Columbian exchanges of pots and lead...

Gallery in Bogotá

Espacio KB

One of several edgy art galleries that have sprung up in San Felipe, Bogotá's next cusp-of-cool barrio, this house-turned-gallery is a magnet for the city's hipster and cultural brigade, most of whom are using...

Historic Building in Bogotá

Capitolio Nacional

Capitolio Nacional

On the southern side of the plaza stands this neoclassical seat of congress. It was begun in 1847 but, due to numerous political uprisings, not completed until 1926. Its square-facing facade was built by English...

Viewpoint in Bogotá

Mirador Torre Colpatria

Mirador Torre Colpatria

From the 48th-floor outside deck of the Colpatria Tower you can catch a superb view of the bullring, backed by office buildings and the mountains – there are also fine 360-degree vistas across the city. The...