Capitolio Nacional, Bogota

4.0
#10 of 23 in Historic Sites in Bogota
History and architecture buffs will love Capitolio Nacional, one of the most important buildings from Colombia's Republican period. Construction of the imposing national capitol--made entirely from quarry stone--began in 1846 and ended 80 years later. During that time, the project engaged famed architects such as Gaston Lelarge, Pietro Cantini, Thomas Reed, Mariano Santamaria, and Mario Lambasi. Inside the neoclassical structure are celebrated murals, including two by Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo and one by Santiago Martínez Delgado depicting Bolivar and Santander during the congress that created Colombia. Note that you need to apply in advance for access inside. Alternatively, walk around the building's exterior, admire the three rows of fluted ionic columns, and round your visit off with a stop at one of the excellent restaurants nearby. Make Capitolio Nacional part of your personalized Bogota itinerary using our Bogota trip generator.
Create an itinerary including Capitolio Nacional
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
170 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • August 15, 2017
    The history of the Capitol, from the time of its construction with some events of the quasi current time, make it a point of particular attraction
    View original
  • August 7, 2017
    Located in the Plaza Bolivar leaves you speechless by its beauty, its conservation, vastness and what it symbolizes. It is really impressive. With a bit of fortune, the guards can invite us to go for a different and complementary vision (a few true geniuses the police officers with whom I had the pleasure of chatting).
    View original
  • August 7, 2017
    A place with many tourists, is a nice base, rich weather, people, attractions for walking.
    View original
Google
  • June 19, 2017
    Nice place! Nice restaurants and museums around! You can walk around the 7th street but you must be careful!
  • June 22, 2017
    Amazing security and great place, sights and history.
  • December 20, 2016
    Home of the Colombian government. Very beautiful at Christmas.
  • March 1, 2017
    Interesting, but not a must-see.
  • April 1, 2017
    Dirty and dangerous.

Plan your trip to Bogota

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Bogota

Many visitors to Bogota stay in La Candelaria, a colonial-era neighborhood in the city center where you can find plenty of decent hostels and mingle with tourists from around the globe. Staying in this area also puts you within walking distance of the city's major museums and best nightlife options. If you prefer to sleep in a quieter area and visit this busy district during the day, consider accommodations in the northern section of the city, which includes the upscale neighborhood Zona T.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Bogota by other users

4 days in Bogota BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Bogota BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM MALTA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Bogota BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Bogota BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA October, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: October, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA February, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Bogota BY A USER FROM SPAIN October, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in South America BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND January, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans