Around Parque Santander

As you go north of La Candelaria into the city center of Bogotá, the buildings become more modern and the business district starts to develop. There are still a few interesting places to visit, especially around Parque Santander. 

Carrera 7 is a street leading away from Plaza de Bolívar to the north. It’s lined with tall buildings and shops on the ground floor, including a market selling all kinds of Colombian souvenirs at decent prices. On one day I visited, the street was blocked off and fully pedestrianized and it was nice to see the street full of vendors and street performers. Other days it was open to traffic.

Carrera 7, Bogotá, Colombia

Carrera 7

After a few blocks, there are three colonial churches located right next to each other. The first one and the largest is Iglesia de San Francisco, built in 1557. The interior is very impressive. It sits on a large plaza.

Iglesia de San Francisco in Bogotá, Colombia

Iglesia de San Francisco

In front of Iglesia de San Francisco in Bogotá, Colombia

In front of Iglesia de San Francisco

The next church is Iglesia de la Veracruz. Construction on this church started in 1549.

Iglesia de la Veracruz in Bogotá, Colombia

Iglesia de la Veracruz

The final and most beautiful yet simple of the churches is Iglesia de la Orden Tercera. It was built in 1761 and is well worth a visit. You will appreciate the incredible wood carvings lining the walls.

Iglesia de la Orden Tercera in Bogotá, Colombia

Iglesia de la Orden Tercera

A small park with a statue and fountain next to Iglesia de San Francisco is Parque Santander. One of the best museums in Colombia, Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), is located here.

Parque Santander in Bogotá, Colombia

Parque Santander

A few blocks to the east of Parque Santander is a nice park called Parque de los Periodistas (Journalists’ Park). It has a monument and some great views of Cerro de Monserrate.

Parque de los Periodistas in Bogotá, Colombia

Parque de los Periodistas

Nearby is a historic church called Nuestra Señora de Las Aguas, built between 1640 and 1690. If you continue walking along the main street and behind the university, you’ll find Quinta de Bolívar.

Nuestra Señora de Las Aguas in Bogotá, Colombia

Nuestra Señora de Las Aguas

More to the north in the city center is Torre Colpatria. The 4th tallest building in South America stands 50 stories to dominate the Bogotá skyline. There is a viewing platform at the top open after 6pm Fridays and after 2pm on weekends.

Torre Colpatria in Bogotá, Colombia

Torre Colpatria

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