Palacio de San Carlos, Bogota

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The San Carlos Palace, is a 16th-century Neoclassical mansion in Bogotá, Colombia. Located on the corner of Calle 10 and Carrera 5, the historic building has been the site of various political, social and academic events. Since December 1993, it has been home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Palace of San Carlos The history of the building goes back to the end of the 16th century when it was built by Archdeacon Francisco Porras Mejia, in 1585. At the time Santa Fe de Bogotá was the capital of New Kingdom of Granada, part of the Viceroyalty of Peru. It was occupied by the archdeacon's family until 1605 when it was sold to Archbishop Bartolomé Lobo Guerrero who used it as a Jesuit seminary known as the Colegio Seminario de San Bartolomé. In 1739, the first printing press of Sante Fe was also established here. In 1767, after the Jesuits were expelled from New Granada by Francisco Antonio Moreno y Escandón, acting on orders from King Carlos III, it became the Royal Library of Santa Fe and served as barracks for the Presidential Guard. From 1827 to 1908 the palace was the official residence of the President of Colombia. Then President Rafael Reyes Prieto moved out to the Palace of Nariño where he lived till 1954. From 1954 it again became the residence of General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla and his successors till 1980. In 1980 after the Palace of Nariño was inaugurated as the presidential residence, the Palace of San Carlos was converted to house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which it still accommodates today.
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  • Interesting building opposite the theatre , which houses a lot of history . Our guide pointed out the window from which Simon Bolivar escaped whilst an attempt was being made on his life . That...  more »
  • I asked the guard if the palace is open to the public. He told me that it is a government office and not a tourist attraction. I took some pictures from outside and moved on.  more »
  • The biggest problem is that they need to open up the palace to true visitors, to see the entire palace, suites art and history. It's still a beautiful building to see, I just wish it had more access.....  more »
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  • The chancellery is one of the places where the history of Colombia is built, from the past, to the external relations at present. It is worth to enjoy the guided tour.
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  • Beautiful church, newly restored, much art inside.
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  • Its construction dates from the 16th century and at one time it was the official residence of the presidents of Colombia. It was also the first headquarters of the Public Library of Santa Fe. From 1979 it becomes the seat of the Chancellery or Ministry of foreign Ralaciones. Its construction was ordered by Francisco Parras Mejía. It was used as housing until October 18, 1605 when it passed to the Jesuits who turned it into a seminar until its expulsion in 1767. Enough history for a single house.
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  • Historical and educational... Also a beautiful building inside and out
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  • Hiatorico and emblematic site
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