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Architecture Walk in Bogota (Self Guided), Bogota

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 tour and discover Bogota's architectural jewels.
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Architecture Walk in Bogota Map

Guide Name: Architecture Walk in Bogota
Guide Location: Colombia » Bogota (See other walking tours in Bogota)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Tom
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palacio de Nariño
  • Capitolio Nacional
  • Palacio Liévano
  • Colegio San Bartolome
  • Palacio de San Carlos
  • Teatro Cristóbal Colón
  • Palacio de San Francisco
  • Academia Colombiana de la Lengua
  • Teatro Faenza
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Palacio de Nariño

1) Palacio de Nariño (must see)

Casa de Nariño (Spanish for House of Nariño) or Palacio de Nariño (Spanish for Palace of Nariño) is the official home and principal workplace of the President of Colombia. It houses the main office of the executive branch and is located in the capital city of Bogotá. In 1908, it was dedicated after being constructed on the site of the house where Antonio Nariño was born. The design was made by architects Gaston Lelarge, a French-born former pupil of Charles Garnier, and Julián Lombana. In 1980, the structure was rededicated after the construction of additions. The palace also houses works of art and furnishings from different years. Its garden houses the Observatorio Astronómico de Bogotá, designed by the Capuchin friar-architect Fray Domingo de Petrés and built in 1802-03.

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Capitolio Nacional

2) Capitolio Nacional (must see)

Capitolio Nacional (or The National Capitol) is a building on Bolivar Square in central Bogotá, the construction of which began in 1876, by order of president Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera, and was not concluded until 1926. It houses both houses of Congress of Colombia. In 1947, for the Inter American Conference, Master Santiago Martínez Delgado painted a majestic mural under the commission of the then director of the OEA, Honorable Alberto Lleras Camargo and Conference organizer the Honourable Laureano Gómez--two men who later became Presidents of Colombia. This mural of the Elliptic chamber National Congress Building, made in the fresco style, represents Bolivar and Santander exiting the Cucuta congress during the creation of the Great Colombia. The mural is considered the most important fresco in the country and the artist's main masterpiece.

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Palacio Liévano

3) Palacio Liévano

Located on the western side of Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota, Liévano Palace represents French Renaissance style and was designed by French architect Gastón Lelarge on behalf of engineer Indalecio Liévano. The constructions were completed in 1907. The building has three levels and a patio where stands a bust of the hero Santander José Acevedo y Gómez.
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Colegio San Bartolome

4) Colegio San Bartolome

Foundation College of San Bartolome is Colombia's oldest college. It was founded on September 27, 1604 by the Archbishop of Bogota Bartolomé Lobo Guerrero and some Jesuits: Joseph Dadey , Martin de Funes, Coluccini Jaun Bautista Martin Torres and Bernabé de Rojas. The school is home to a Cultural and National Monument and is located at the southeast corner of Plaza de Bolivar in front of congress. The building itself has an important historic and architectural value, being a prominent landmark of Bogota.
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Palacio de San Carlos

5) Palacio de San Carlos

The San Carlos Palace, also known as Cancilleria, was built in the XVIth century upon the order of Francisco Porras Mejia, Archdeacon of the Cathedral. The San Carlos Palace has an indisputable and invaluable artistic and cultural legacy accumulated over 400 years of its history. The second floor of the Palace is accessed by a wide corridor of stairs in which a collection of bronze statues sculpted by Italian artist Pietro Tenerani are displayed. The palace is located at the corner of Calle 10 and Carrera 5.
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Teatro Cristóbal Colón

6) Teatro Cristóbal Colón

The Teatro de Cristóbal Colón (The Chistopher Columbus Theatre), also known as the "Teatro Colón", is located in Bogotá and it is the nation's National Theatre.

It was built in the Neoclassical style by the Italian architect Pietro Cantini in 1885 and inaugurated on 27 October 1892 on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America with a performance of Verdi's Ernani. The auditorium was constructed in the tradition horseshoe-shape and modelled on the layout of the Palais Garnier in Paris, but only about half the size. The Colón Theatre was declared a National Monument on 11 August 1975.

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Palacio de San Francisco

7) Palacio de San Francisco (must see)

The San Francisco Palace amazes with a sober and elegant Republican architectural style, and surprises even more with its rich and detailed interior decor. The construction of the building lasted from 1918 until 1933 following the project of the Gaston Lelarge. As of 1984, the palace has been listed as a national monument. Currently the building houses the Rosario school.
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Academia Colombiana de la Lengua

8) Academia Colombiana de la Lengua

The Academia Colombiana de la Lengua (Spanish for Colombian Academy of Language) is an association of academics and experts on the use of the Spanish language in Colombia. It is a member of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, being the oldest member from the Americas.

Founded in 1871 by a group of writer and philology specialist, including Manuel María Mallarino and Rufino José Cuervo, the father of Hispanic-American philology, and Miguel Antonio Caro, the Academia Colombiana de la Lengua is the first official Spanish language Academy to be founded outside of Spain. It is based in Bogotá. Since 1960 it officially assesses the Colombian government in language affairs and has obtained the passing of several regulations and laws favoring the Spanish language in the nation. Also in 1960 it hosted the third Congress of the Academies, in which the Bogotá Agreement was presented and signed.

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Teatro Faenza

9) Teatro Faenza

Dating back to 1924, the theatre was built on the premises of an old factory called Faenza, hence the name. The building has a very attractive exterior design with an Italian influence. The design also features architectural expressions of 'Art Nouveau' and academic eclecticism of the late nineteenth century.

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 Famous Museums, Part 1

Bogota Famous Museums, Part 1

Bogota is clearly not just about museums, as there is loads to see that is rich in Colombian history and culture. Worth visiting are the Gold and Emerald Museums, to get a look at the country's treasuries, to browse through its history at the Museum of the 20th of July and Museum of the 19th Century. You will be somewhat taken aback at the Police History Museum, where you can see highly...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2

Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2

Bogota is quite rich in museums, many of them related to its national cultural heritage. It is worth visiting the Regional Costume Museum to observe Colombian ethnic garments and the Botero Museum in order to appreciate the artist's unique "obese" style. It is also nice to see the Colonial Art Museums to embrace Colombian art diversity, and the Archaeology and Bogota Museums to view...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
A Tour to Cerro de Monserrate, Bogota

A Tour to Cerro de Monserrate, Bogota

Cerro de Monserrate is sometimes called the mountain-guardian of Bogota and has been a place of religious pilgrimage since colonial times. Due to its outstanding surrounding beauties, it became a natural, religious and gastronomic attraction, accessible by a walking path, cable car or funicular. On the way up, there are also several attractions such as Iglesia Nuestra Señora de las Aguas and Casa...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles
Bogota Introduction Walk

Bogota Introduction Walk

The capital of Colombia Bogotá is a sprawling, high-altitude metropolis renowned for its rich historical scene. The cobblestoned center of the city, known as La Candelaria, abounds in colonial-era architecture and numerous museums, including Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's works, Museo del Oro (museum of gold) and others. The most notable sites of Bogotá are included in this...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Bogota without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Bogota, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 Km or 6 Miles
Teusaquillo Walking Tour in Bogota

Teusaquillo Walking Tour in Bogota

This tour can be rather surprising for someone living outside Latin America. If you want to expand you knowledge and impressions about what Bogota is like, please join us on our regional tour of Teusaquillo and enjoy alluring public gardens, famous landmarks and all the small, pretty sites in between them.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles

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