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Colombia’s architecture is a heady mix of historic and modern, and has been heavily influenced by the styles of other countries, most recognisably Spain and Britain. While the big cities feature some stunning buildings, the countryside towns are where the real stars of the show are to be found. Read on to discover Colombia’s architectural masterpieces, their stories and their influences.
Bogotá, a city with over 10 million inhabitants, features a mixture of contemporary modern and Pre-Colombian architecture. It has also been heavily influenced by Spain, with the historic centre a time capsule to colonial days.
The historic centre of Popayan is a fantastic demonstration of colonial architecture. The city was founded by Sebastian de Belalcázar in 1537, and little has changed since that time. The city was once an important stop-off for travellers and delivery drivers driving between Cartagena and Quito. This small colonial town now attracts a large number of visitors who make the journey to admire its historical colonial centre.
Casa Terracota is a house created by architect and environmentalist Octavio Mendoza. It was crafted from clay hardened in the sunlight and is effectively the biggest piece of pottery in the world. It is open to visitors, and has to be seen to be believed.