Top Choice Church in Bogotá

Iglesia de San Francisco

Built between 1557 and 1621, the Church of San Francisco, just west of the Museo del Oro, is Bogotá's oldest surviving church. Of particular interest is the extraordinary 17th-century gilded main altarpiece, which i…
Top Choice Church in Bogotá

Iglesia Museo de Santa Clara

One of Bogotá's most richly decorated churches and also it's oldest (along with Iglesia de San Francisco). It's now run by the government as a museum. Considering all the other churches from the same era that can be…
Top Choice Museum in Bogotá

Museo del Oro

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

Museo Botero

The highlight of Banco de la República's massive museum complex is several halls spread over two floors dedicated to all things chubby: hands, oranges, women, mustached men, children, birds, Fuerzas Armadas Revoluci…
Historic Building in Bogotá

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 was not completed until 1926. Its square-facing facade was built by English …
Museum in Bogotá

Casa de Moneda

This historic museum inside the Banco de la República complex houses the Colección Numismática. The exhibits start with pre-Columbian exchanges of pots and lead chronologically to misshapen coins, the introduction o…
Cathedral in Bogotá

Catedral Primada

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…
Historic Building in Bogotá

Edificio Liévano

On the western side of the plaza, this French-style building is now home to the alcaldía (mayor's office). The building was erected between 1902 and 1905.
Church in Bogotá

Iglesia de la Veracruz

Iglesia de la Veracruz is known as the National Pantheon because many of the heroes of the struggle for independence have been buried here.
Museum in Bogotá

Museo de Arte Colonial

This museum occupies a one-time Jesuit college and traces the evolution of how religious and portrait art pieces are made, particularly by Colombia's favorite baroque artist, Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos (163…