Happy Birthday Bogota!

The Bogota series continues this week, honoring the birthday of this enchanting city. On August 6, 2015, Bogota turned 477 years old. During centuries, the city has been transforming to become one of the most important capital cities in Latin America, offering Colombians and foreigners an exquisite place to enjoy art, architecture, gastronomy, music and more!

Bogota is home to diverse gastronomic houses that offer flavors from all over the world; it hosts a myriad of art shows, music festivals and the like that take place year round, and has a variety of museums showcasing the rich culture and history of the country.

In other words, it is very hard to get bored in this city…

Today, I am dedicating this post to the art and culture of Bogota, found in museums, on the streets, and within the people that live there.

This is the Plaza at El Chorro de Quevedo, the city of Bogota was founded on this very place. The colorful and relaxed atmosphere seen in this picture is proof of the evolution of the city throughout the centuries. The plaza is located at the end of a little street called “El Callejón del Embudo” or the funnel alley, as it gets smaller and smaller leading you to this plaza. There is a fountain in the middle, which is what locals refer to El Chorro. Located in the bohemian neighborhood of La Candelaria, in the city center, the area has street art, restaurants, coffee houses and more.

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Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo
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El Callejón del Embudo

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Live music on our way to El Chorro de Quevedo
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Street Art in La Candelaria

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Colorful streets at Bogota’s city center

Below is a view of the entrance of the Catedral Primada de Bogota, located in the Plaza de Bolivar (the city’s main plaza). Streets in La Candelaria lead to this huge plaza where vendors, locals, foreigners and doves hang around admiring the architecture and liveliness of this place. Places worth visiting around here: Casa del Florero (a museum that explains the entire history of the country’s independence–which started with a broken flower vase–true story), the Cathedral, of course, El Palacio de Nariño (the President’s house)…

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Catedral Primada de Bogota
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Catedral Primada de Bogota

The Botero Museum is also around the area. The museum does not only house works by Fernando Botero (Colombian artist), but also by other world-renowned artists. These works belong to Botero’s personal collection. The pictures below are all works by Botero.

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Adam & Eve

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Botero Museum. Monserrate can be seen in the background with the church, Santuario de Monserrate, at the zenith.

I already talked about Monserrate in my previous post, which you can check out here, but for now, more pictures of my beautiful day atop the mountain.

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The weather that day was very bipolar…it rained for 15 minutes, then the sun came out, then it got cloudy again. It seems like the pictures were taken on different days but the bipolarity of the weather is very common in Bogota.
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If you go up the mountain in a cable car or train, go up a few steps, pass the church, keep climbing, you will find a surprising market offering everything and anything you can think of. You can buy souvenirs and eat a whole hen along this street.
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View from the bottom up at the cable car station.

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