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. Using our world travel planner, Bogota attractions like Capitolio Nacional can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A building with attractive architecture and an interesting story according to the guide that helped us.
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  • The Capitol overlooking the bolivar square. The or all politicians to meet. A must see. Beware, some thieves are rodent
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  • This place is concentrated much of the history of Colombia not only for being the capital but where there are sectors of the State, ministries etc.
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  • Nice place! Nice restaurants and museums around! You can walk around the 7th street but you must be careful!
  • Amazing security and great place, sights and history.
  • Home of the Colombian government. Very beautiful at Christmas.
  • Interesting, but not a must-see.
  • Dirty and dangerous.

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