Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez

Arts Center in Bogotá

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Slotting seamlessly into historic Candelaria, this cleverly constructed arts center anchored by a graceful amphitheater was designed by Franco-Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona, who died shortly before the center's inauguration in 2008. The building honors Colombia’s greatest author and is (unsurprisingly) equipped with a hefty bookshop, as well as a small gallery hosting temporary exhibitions and a handy Juan Valdez café.