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Bolivar Square, Bogota

Historic Site · Landmark
Start your tour of historical Bogota by visiting Bolivar Square, one of the city's most iconic sights. A statue of Simon Bolivar forms the central point of the square. Erected in 1846, it represents Bogota's first public monument and commemorates the military leader who helped liberate multiple nations from Spanish rule. Historical buildings surround the plaza on all sides, including the national capitol, the house of the supreme court, the mayor's office, and the Cathedral of Bogota. Often very lively, the square makes an excellent location for people-watching, and right next to it you can find a selection of cafes and bars. Many of Bogota's top sights are just a short walk from here. Plan to visit Bolivar Square and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bogota attractions using our Bogota trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • A thriving plaza in the heart of Bogotá’s historic government district. The square is bordered by the senior cathedral in Colombia (Cathedral Primada) and archbishop’s palace, the Capitol building...  more »
  • If you like avian species, this is the place for you. Locals treat the monuments and historic buildings with disdain.  more »
  • After visiting and getting a photo taken with the llama (only about $5 usd), I started wondering who Simon Bolivar was. This led me to read about the life of the amazing “Liberator” of South America.....  more »
  • A must go historical place in Bogotá. It's definitely not a place to have a fun time but to get to know more about the history of our country. There are museum and interest places in the streets around the square. Reading murals and badges on colony styled houses is a delight for history lovers.
  • Interesting place, full of history, options for eating, drinking and shopping. I found the best time to go are Sunday mornings as it’s quiet and the surrounding museums are free.
  • Everyone is welcome here. I think it is a pretty good reflection of the reality of our country. All in all it's a beautiful public place worth the visit. Walking about the area is a joy. You can enjoy the architecture, the history and quite simply, the whole atmosphere. If you want to experience one authentic aspect of Colombia, this is the place
  • There is a cool place, some kind of architecture, some of that was building in different moment of the history, there have some history to know. Here is not a clean place, you must go there carefully, you know, some places is complicated to go, but you must go, the church is great, the architecture, all of there is great, and later you should go for the 7 street, till the Colpatria tower, the planetarium and the park of Independence.
  • Beautiful! Not TOO crowded on a Sunday afternoon, but there are tons of vendors. Good spot for churchgoers and children as well! Lovely architecture and lots of restaurants near by.

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