National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmen, Bogota

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmen, Bogota

The National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmen (Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora del Carmen) is a temple of the Catholic cult dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the name of Carmen. It is located in barrio La Candelaria, the historic sector of Bogotá. The temple was designed by architect Giovanni Salesian Buscaglione with Florentine Gothic, Byzantine and Arabic touches. The building has three naves and a Latin cross plan. For its historical significance, originality, invaluable architectural value and artistic treasures, the shrine (with the Salesians of Leo XIII) was declared a National Monument by Decree 804 on April 30, 1993. Today, it is a symbol of Salesian community building and architecture.

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Sight Name: National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmen
Sight Location: Bogota, Colombia (See walking tours in Bogota)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Bogota, Colombia

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bogota is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bogota Old Town Walking Tour

Bogota Old Town Walking Tour

In 1538, the indigenous Muisca of the Colombian Altiplano had the advantage in numbers over the force of conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada. Arriving in the Muisca Federation, the Spanish had only 162 exhausted men. However, the guecha warriors of Chief Tisquesusa were no match. The Federation fell in bloody battle.

In the area now known as Quevedo's Fountain Square, Quesada set up 12...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Bogota Shopping Tour

Bogota Shopping Tour

Bogota is so rich in authentic shopping that it's almost mind-boggling when trying to decide what to buy first! Colombia is famous for gold and emerald products, very specifically and recognizably designed national clothes, pottery, accessories and other crafts. Bogota's historic district, La Candelaria, has many markets, shopping galleries and little shops on this self-guided shopping...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Architectural Jewels

Architectural Jewels

Bogota is quite a city for an architectural experience. Not only did it preserve its architectural and historic heritage, it also managed to maintain most of its colonial buildings and structures in rather good shape, so one can really enjoy their interesting and imposing styles. Take this self-guided walk to discover Bogota's architectural jewels.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles

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