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Capitolio Nacional, Bogota

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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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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.
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  • This is a good place to visit. There are other paces of interest around it. There are lots of tourist here  more »
  • It's an old building like so many others but once you get into the story if the building, the city, the country everything is a lot more interesting. There is always some people gathered and petitioni...  more »
  • This was probably the most impressive of all the buildings in Plaza de Bolivar It was not accessible to the public but worth a look.  more »
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  • Home of the Colombian government. Very beautiful at Christmas.
  • Interesting, but not a must-see.
  • Dirty and dangerous.
  • Cool
  • Beautiful arcitecture