Given that Bogota can best most capitals for the quality and abundance of religious buildings you are going to have your hands full when considering visiting some of the more impressive religious sights found here. Since Bogota was founded in 1538 by the Spanish on the site of an important muisca indigenous settlement, many believe that the Catholicism found here while fervent is also tinged with indigenous practice and lore. And of course, since the Spanish were not only striking forth expanding their empire they were also here with the blessing of the Catholic church and so religion was always going to play an important part. And of course, this history shows as presently 79.5 per cent of Colombians are practicing Catholics. The vast majority of colonial era churches and religious sights that are found on this list are located in the Candelaria area or nearby. Most can be visited in a long day, we would, however, recommend taking more time to truly appreciate the fine architecture that blends Colonial with Baroque and Gothic in addition to some of the finest works of religious art by the maestro Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos.
Carrera 8 No. 8-91
Breathtaking religious edifice with some of the finest works of religious art on display... read more
Carrera 2 Este No. 21-48
Avenida Jiménez con Carrera 7
Carrera 7 and Avenida Jiménez
Carrera 7 No. 26-37
17th Century San Franciscan Church... read more