- Type: Attractions
- Localyte author: Diego Colmenares
- As you raise the look from any point of the city, it's just impossible not to see in the distance the Hill, where, from its 3.152 meters of height, you can see all over Bogotá. Monserrate is the main symbol of Colombia's main city, not as a ecological icon but it's religious nature, whose Sanctuary was visited by thousands of people and pilgrims, since 1640 when it was founded. Mr. Juan de Borja, Nuevo Reino's president, was the one who approve the construction of a chuch in the the name of Monserrat's Morena Virgin in that place, whose Sanctuary it's placed in Spain's province: Barcelona. Don Pedro Solís, creator of this artwork, wanted to finish it that way. He knew well that that the place was great to build a monastery, that was finally made in 1657, with some help of the "santafereños" and, later, be the shelter of the most distinguished guest: The Fallen Lord, a work of the local master, Pedro de Lugo y Albarracín, who achieved not a worthy and beautiful image (of an amazing artistic value), but also got the attention and faith of the citizens. Since that time, every day, thousands of believers go up with devotion, all the stairs that lead to the Sanctuary in the top, as penance act. Meanwhile, other visitors, sportsmen or curious go up walking, by cable railway or by funicular, and find again that peace and harmony that exists between this God creation and the men works. To visit Monserrate, by any kind of reasons, is a unique experience. The sight from there of Bogota, the faith that evokes the Sanctuary and each stone that was lie in the place with that intention. Its pilgrims, gardens and fountains, its gastronomy, its foggy woods, its sunsets, its beautiful starry nigths and its majestic moon.
- The description was provided by Diego Colmenares
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