Museo del Carmen

Villa de Leyva

Apparently one of best museums of religious art in the country, the Museo del Carmen is housed in the convent of the same name. The fairly average collection of paintings, carvings, altarpieces and other religious objects dates from the 16th century onward. Some of the pieces are a little soiled and many of them are anonymous, but there are several notable works by colonial-era Colombian artists Gaspar Figueroa and Gregorio Vázquez.

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1. Iglesia del Carmen

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This church is currently in religious service and has interesting paintings in the chancel and on the wooden structure supporting the roof.

2. Casa Museo de Luis Alberto Acuña

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Villa de Leyva's best museum features works by one of Colombia's most influential painters, sculptors, writers and historians, Luis Alberto Acuña (1904–93…

3. Plaza Mayor

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At 120m by 120m, Plaza Mayor is one of the largest town squares in the Americas. It's paved with massive cobblestones and surrounded by magnificent…

5. Casona La Guaca


This colonial mansion has an intimate courtyard with an abundance of plants and trees surrounding a fountain. The front section houses shops, and there's…

7. Iglesia Parroquial

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This parish church facing the main square was built in 1608 and has hardly changed since that time. The interior is plain, except for the marvelous…

8. Casa Quintero

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Casa Quintero is a fully restored colonial mansion and gourmet food court just off Plaza Mayor.