There are several churches to visit in La Candelaria, many dating back to Spanish colonial times.
Iglesia de Santa Clara
One of the most incredible churches in Colombia is steps from Plaza de Bolívar. The Iglesia de Santa Clara is now a defunct church that has been turned into a museum. It was built between 1619 and 1647. If you visit one church in Bogotá, this should be it.
There is security checkpoint on the street outside of the church. Tell the guard you want to visit the Museo Santa Clara. You’ll have your bag searched and you can move on. Admission is COP$3,000. Once inside, you can see that every square inch of the church is beautifully decorated with designs, paintings, and statues.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción
Just west of Plaza de Bolívar, Calle 10 leads to the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. It was built in 1583. Calle 10 is colorful and full of street vendors and small shops.
Iglesia de San Ignacio
Just to the east of Plaza de Bolívar is the Iglesia de San Ignacio, built between 1610 and 1691.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, built in 1686, is a few blocks east of the Catedral Primada. It’s great to visit if you find it open as you walk by.
Iglesia de San Agustín
Across the street from Palacio de Nariño is the Iglesia de San Agustín, built in 1642.
Nuestra Señora del Carmen
A more modern church called Nuestra Señora del Carmen, built in 1926, is also located in La Candelaria. It’s east of Palacio de Nariño.
Nuestra Señora de Las Aguas
Finally, on the way to Quinta de Bolívar and Monserrate 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.
The cathedral is covered in my entry on Plaza de Bolívar.