Religious Tour in Bogota, Bogota (Self Guided)

Religion has always played an important role in the history of Bogota, and Columbia in general. The sumptuous churches of Bogota are true architectural marvels of a great historical value. All in all, they are well worth your attention, so do spare some time to take the religious tour of Colombian capital.
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Religious Tour in Bogota Map

Guide Name: Religious Tour in Bogota
Guide Location: Colombia » Bogota (See other walking tours in Bogota)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Tom
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Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

1) Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

The National Sanctuary of Our Lady of 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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Iglesia de San Ignacio

2) Iglesia de San Ignacio

The Church of San Ignacio was the biggest church during the colonial period. Its construction lasted from 1610 till 1767. The architect of the church of San Ignacio was Father Juan Bautista Coluccini (1604-1641), a Jesuit priest of the Society of Jesus. Jesuit brothers Pedro Perez, Rafael Ramirez, Diego Marcos Guerra and Loessing, the last author of many of the altars, tabernacles, pulpit and choir clad and brokers, collaborated with him in the construction.
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Catedral Primada de Colombia

3) Catedral Primada de Colombia (must see)

The Archbishopric Cathedral of Bogotá is a Roman Catholic cathedral located on the eastern side of Bolívar Square in Bogotá, D.C., Colombia. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bogotá, Cardinal Mon. Pedro Rubiano Saenz. The Cathedral was built between 1807 and 1823. When the Spanish conquerors officially founded the city of Bogotá (changing the original Indian name of the city: Bacata), they were established in 12 huts and a hay-church, that would take the name of Archbishopric Cathedral of Bogotá after being totally built. Biggest in Colombia and one of the biggest in South America, the cathedral holds the remains of Gonzálo Jiménez de Quesada, founder of Bogota.

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Museo Iglesia de Santa Clara

4) Museo Iglesia de Santa Clara (must see)

Spanish architect Santiago Matias finished the construction of the church convent of Santa Clara in 1647. The old Church of Santa Clara is now Museo de Arte Colonial and contemporary art space. It is located in the Historic Center of Bogotá, in the neighbourhood known as La Candelaria. The space is administered by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 16:45; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 15:45
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Iglesia de la Concepción

5) Iglesia de la Concepción

The Church of Our Lady of the Conception is a Catholic house of worship dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. It is located in the neighbourhood of La Candelaria, the historic sector of Bogotá (Colombia) and belongs to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Bogotá. The temple was part of the old monastery of the Conception; it consists of a single rectangular nave and was built from 1583 to 1595, under the parameters of colonial buildings. It has two entrances located on the right side wall of the nave, which communicate with the exterior, characteristic of a church belonging to a nunnery. For its historical significance, architectural and cultural value, the temple was declared a National Monument by Decree 1584 on August 11, 1975.
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Iglesia de San Francisco

6) Iglesia de San Francisco (must see)

The church of San Francisco is a Catholic temple of worship under the protection of St. Francis of Assisi in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. This church was built between 1550 and 1567 on the right bank of the river Vicachá (later better known as San Francisco River) by the Franciscan brothers. It is currently the oldest church preserved in Bogotá and is nestled on the corner of Avenida Jimenez and Carrera 7.
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Iglesia de la Tercera

7) Iglesia de la Tercera

Also known as the Third Temple, the church is considered a jewel of colonial religious architecture in Bogota. Some say that the name "The Third" is because of the three churches located in that region: San Francisco, La Veracruz and La Tercera, but in fact its name comes from the founders of the Franciscan Third Order Secular. Its construction began in 1760 and was completed between 1774 and 1780, according to Daniel Ortega and Ricaurte.
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Iglesia de la Veracruz

8) Iglesia de la Veracruz

One of the first churches built by the conquistadors in Santa Fe was the chapel of Veracruz, established in 1546, 8 years after the founding of Bogota, on the other side of the river Viracocha, on the road to Tunja. Years later, in 1631, he formed the Market Square San Francisco (now Santander park), which was extended by the Hermandad (Brotherhood) de la Veracruz, composed of merchants. The 1827 earthquake destroyed much of it and it was rebuilt. The church is not an example of fine architecture or a subject of great historic interest, yet here lie the remains of many patriotic martyrs, so it was declared a National Pantheon.

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.
Architecture Walk in Bogota

Architecture Walk in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
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
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
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, so be prepared to do some...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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
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

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bogota for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bogota has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bogota, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.