10 of the Best Colonial-Era Landmarks to Visit in Bogotá

Colonial-era church in Bogota
Colonial-era church in Bogota | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr | https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosz/36618258100/in/photolist-XMQ9nA-Xbf6fV-UTVbV5-VXr28o-4yWQBL-r9NcFd-ayRtuy-bx8q6E-bL2X6Z-o3F9Kf-qXQUKP-bx8f95-bx8fnA-bL2Xjc-bL2XdH-bx8fj3-bx8qaG-rjw9Yf-5HPQL8-vqT2to-3oUY8b-fXP1E-r1ZFCS-Y9pVdn-E8juX2-RNVSWG-UTVaY5-bgjVY6-x6V3r3-5HPSz2-x6V4WN-yC1Gom-oeK6Xf-5HPRXB-y34jdb-4LsTXi-5HGUj9-xXzAmq-5HU77w-y4Bcbe-9mdEUy-5HCAUi-5HGSLU-aybXP1-5HCBtg-rCz7D-YnMu2x-81ejBV-Hj7zVc-rvQhfY
Chris Bell

Bogotá has a long and varied history dating back to the indigenous Muisca people who first inhabited the vast Cundinamarca plain before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th-century. The city is also home to a number of beautiful colonial-era landmarks, all of which tell part of the fascinating history of the Colombian capital. So here are 10 of the best colonial-era landmarks to visit on your next trip to Bogotá.


One of Colombia’s most important tourist attractions also has important colonial-era connections – Monserrate’s significance as a place of pilgrimage actually pre-dates the Spanish conquest, but it achieved real fame during the colonial period when the Brotherhood of Vera Cruz began using the mountain for religious ceremonies in the 1620s. Eventually, a church and shrine were constructed there in the 17th-century, and Monserrate remains an important place of worship to this day.

The church of Monserrate

1. Colonial Art Museum

Building, Museum

Located in a lovely 17th-century building known as the Casa de las Aulas, the Colonial Art Museum is a must-visit spot for anyone with an interest in the colonial period in Bogotá and Colombia in general. It houses a beautiful collection of colonial-era art and sculptures, as well as interesting and informative plaques explaining the culture and history of the period.

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