Catedral de Sal, Zipaquira

Witness one of the most remarkable and unusual religious sites in South America at Catedral de Sal. Located 200 m (656 ft) under ground, this church was carved out of rock inside a salt mine used for over a millennium. Opened in 1995, the architectural wonder attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists who come to admire the statues, reliefs, and icons made from salt. The cathedral is part of a larger complex called the Salt Park, which includes a museum and numerous designs carved from salt. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zipaquira using our trip planner.
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  • It's really exciting to know this Cathedral. This very well set and very well lit. The salt mine already if it is beautiful, but the Cathedral makes ubo is enocione. It is 180 meters underground and really it is worthwhile to know it.
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  • This place is really impressive. I recommend dedicating 1 day full for the visit to Zipaquira because the town has many interesting things in addition to the Salt Cathedral. It is important to be comfortable as tour takes approx. 2 hours depending on the services that include and walking fairly. Include the bus that takes you through the village (5,000 Colombian pesos), as this leaves you then in the restaurant area or at the stop to return to Bogota and can be done repeatedly.
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  • A few are his convictions, this visit only to pay tribute to the miners who worked in these salt mines, both to extract this mineral that to make this work. The small black dot: access reminds of a maze.
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  • I visited the salt cathedral in March. This place was amazing. We had a tour guide that explained the meaning of each cross, and its relation to the bible. I was struck with the architecture of the rocks. The views of the cathedral were absolutely stunning. A view you could never forget. I highly recommend visiting here, you won't regret it!
  • Overall, this is an interesting attraction with religious meaning that has been corrupted by mass commercialization. First off, the entry tickets were 55,000/person for foreigners when we went on 8/19, compare that to the Museo de Oro in Bogota which has 4,000 entry. You are also forced to wind through a maze of small shops on your way to purchasing the ticket. Visitors descend 500 feet into the mine which has been meticulously crafted into beautiful exhibitions on your way to the main cathedral. It is a very unique place. Unfortunately, this deep into the earth you still cannot escape numerous shops hawking all sorts of trinkets. You must exit the same way you entered. For the distance outside of the city, it would be tough to recommend Catedral de Sal over many other attractions.
  • This place is very special. The pictures do not do it justice. You must be there to get the full experience. It is not only a church carved out of large salt mine, but an amazing work of art with much symbolism. You must have a knowledgeable guide take you thru each of the Stations of the Cross along the path, as well as the sections of the Cathedral at the base of the mine, to explain the symbolism of each. Thoughtfully conceived to beautiful effect. The lighting adds to the ambiance of the stone works. Altogether a very dignified, soulful place that even non-Catholics can appreciate purely for its art. Highly recommend.
  • A must experience in Colombia! This incredible marvel sits at 180m below ground inside a salt mine. There are different visiting packages here: you can get the basic entrance (around USD$10) which includes just the entrance for the cathedral (make sure you grab the audio-guide before going in!) and then there are others that include a visit to the Brine Museum (which is not big, but interesting enough) and also the Miner Experience (they give you a miner hat and you walk around the mine until you eventually you grab a pick-axe and mine some salt yourself). There is a climbing wall that can increase your adrenaline levels just before entering the cathedral. There are some snack places and stores at the end of the walk inside the cave, so don't worry if you didn't bring any snacks!
  • This place makes you say like WOW. There different cros and story behind them is very interesting. How the miners did this work so much precision is beyond me. Then to see the large chapel underneath the earth is another WOW moment. We had only one issue, we paid for an English tour and when the time came they state that it was cancelled. We think that it was because it was only 5 of us. We asked for the manger and argued our point and they miraculously found an English tour guide - that was also a WOW moment lol.
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