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Capitolio Nacional, Bogota

(4/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • Located in the Plaza Mayor, is the seat of the Congress and of the Republic of Colombia. It was built in neoclassical style, blend ionic and Renaissance, between 1848 and 1926 by Thomas Reed, at the request of President Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera (which held the position of President of your country on four occasions). Its facade is all of stone, which guarantees a stately aspect. For being one of the most valuable architectural buildings of the city, was declared a national monument by Decree 1584 of 1975.
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  • Are 2:00 and a half visit. Is not suitable to tourists waiting for historical information of the country and the construction. More focused on schools, it's not worth it.
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  • located in the plaza de bolivar, and even next to the Cathedral of bogota, this House, seat of the Senate of colombia, is impressive, although the visits are not allowed from outside that architecture can be seen, there are many security and many police, that if this infested with informal people asking for money for anything.
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  • Home of the Colombian government. Very beautiful at Christmas.
  • Interesting, but not a must-see.
  • Cool
  • Beautiful arcitecture
  • I was fortunate to have an excellent guide, a place where you can meet much of the Colombian political process.
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