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La Catedral Primada, Bogota

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Admire the largest cathedral in Colombia at La Catedral Primada, the seat of the city's archbishop. A small chapel in the 16th century, the church was restored several times and was completely rebuilt in 1823, when it assumed the grandiose Neoclassical form it boasts today. Outside you can observe the picturesque facade and take postcard-like photos to take home from your trip. The relatively simple and plain interior houses the tomb of Bogota's founder, Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada. Put La Catedral Primada on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bogota trip builder.
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  • When I visited it I was in the process of restauracion-limpieza of the front waiting for the next visit of the Pope Francisco.
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  • This Cathedral is located in the Plaza Bolivar in Bogota. at first glance it looks like an old Spanish Church, instead it was built in the early 1800. the Interior is quite bare and painted white. I was disappointed
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  • Very pretty! Of course environment, the dominant color is white, very different from the churches we visited, which are usually dark. The numerous chandeliers were huge and wonderful.
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  • Beautiful timeless generous spiritual Oasis in the governmental heart of Bogota... Come and take a load off, rejoice, give thanks and be in awe .
  • One of the main buildings at the Bolivar Plaza, it is a must go place if you want to capture the essence of Bogotá. Make sure you take a look at the newly restored pipe organ.
  • Beautiful cathedral! Must see when in Bogota!
  • Big Cathedral, still in decent shape. Worth a view if you are in Bolivar Square.
  • Beautiful Catedral! Love this place

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