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Salt Cathedral, Zipaquira
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Witness one of the most remarkable and unusual religious sites in South America at Salt Cathedral. 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. To visit Salt Cathedral on your holiday in Zipaquira, and find out what else Zipaquira has to offer, use our Zipaquira itinerary builder.
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  • It is located in the city of Zipaquirá, which is slightly more than one hour by car from Bogota. It can also be reached by train. Not is a church, but a site tourist built to the inside of the mines underground of salt of Zipaquirá. Divided into 3 sections, the first is the "via Crucis" where along the tunnel are the 14 stations of the cross that are small altars carved in rock salt and artistically illuminated. After the season XIV is a spectacular "dome" of salt, from which it descends to the balconies, choir and the narthex, which are supported by huge columns of 8 meters in diameter that represent the four evangelists. Following this room is accessed to the Central Cathedral Nave which is 180 meters underground and where stands a huge cross of salt carved in bas-relief. The tour ends at a gallery with many shops of the salt-related articles. The value of the entry depends on the age of the person and the most expensive cost $10 and is open until 18:00 hours. The main route is as 2 km, but there are many side tunnels to the more adventurous can go. There are also tours guided, very explanatory and which take about 2 hours to go through the Cathedral. This is truly a unique and different experience that being in Bogotá should not miss it.
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  • Located 50 km from bogata on the city of Zipaquirá (1 to 2 hours of travel depending on the traffic) is a former salt mine that was transformed into a cathedral and representative of the stations of the via crusis with conference room, Auditorium, different cameras, a who explains the history and the geological formation of the salt mine there are business gift , kiosk, café and toilets a real wonder price is 15 dollars for foreigners view time a 2 to 3 hours more travel
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  • I recommend arriving early between 9-10 am to be able to be the first visitors. The guides take tours of between 15 and 30 people at the beginning, but when we left already were 50 or more by Guide, since it is a mine passages are narrow and not to enjoy the ride. We take a transport private of the hotel and we turned out very well. It gave us time to go to the center of Zipaquirá and eat at one of the local restaurants that make roasts by very low prices and good quality.
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