Attractions

Church in Tunja

Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara La Real

Founded in 1571, the Capilla y Museo de Santa Clara La Real is thought to be the first convent in Nueva Granada. In 1863 the nuns were expelled and the convent was used for various purposes, including serving as a h…
Museum in Tunja

Casa Cultural Gustavo Rojas Pinilla

This small but lovely colonial home was the birthplace of Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, who became president of Colombia in a 1953 military coup with promises of reform. Instead, his tenure was marked by corruption and bru…
Museum in Tunja

Casa del Fundador Suárez Rendón

One of the finest historic mansions in town, this place is the original home of the founder of Tunja. Built in the mid-16th century on the eastern side of Plaza de Bolívar, it's a fine example of a magnificent arist…
Museum in Tunja

Casa de Don Juan de Vargas

Once home to scribe Juan de Vargas, Casa de Don Juan de Vargas is another splendid 16th-century residence. It also has been converted into a museum and has a collection of colonial artworks on display. Here the most…
Church in Tunja

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

The nondescript exterior of the mid-16th-century Iglesia de Santo Domingo hides one of the most richly decorated interiors in Colombia. To the left as you enter is the large Capilla del Rosario, dubbed La Capilla Si…
Church in Tunja

Iglesia de San Francisco

Built from 1550 to 1572, Iglesia de San Francisco boasts a splendid main retable framed into an elaborate gilded arch at the entrance to the presbytery. Note the impressively realistic sculpture of Christ (carved in…
in Tunja

Catedral Santiago de Tunja

Catedral Santiago de Tunja on Plaza de Bolívar is Tunja’s largest church and stylistically the most complex, dating to 1554.
in Tunja

Iglesia de San Agustín

Iglesia de San Agustín, now a library, faces Parque Pinzón on a site believed to be the heart of Hunza, the Musica capital.
in Tunja

Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

Iglesia de Santa Bárbara was completed in 1599; its Capilla de la Epístola has an outstanding Mudejar ceiling.