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If you're laying your eyes on this words, you may be about to enter the epicenter of great historic tales and buildings. Imagine you’re surrounded by countless memorable places. From art museums and libraries to culture spots and squares where battles that changed the destiny of an entire nation were fought.

We've built a list of places you may find useful while you get to know the area, but you will certainly encounter great surprises. Don’t hesitate to share your adventure with us!

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Tourist Spot:

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Plaza de Bolívar

Carrera 7 - Calle 10

Located in the heart of the historical area of Bogotá. It has a statue of Simón Bolívar sculpted in 1846 by the Italian Pietro Tenerani, which was the first ever public monument in the city. On the Northern side of the square is the Palace of Justice, a large International style building where the Supreme Court is housed. On the southern side of the square the National Capitol is located, which is the seat of the Colombian Congress. On the eastern side of the square is the Primary Cathedral of Bogotá, built between 1807 and 1823, and near it is the Holy Chapel, which was built at the end of the 17th century.

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Museo Botero

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Museum In the year of 2000 the Colombian artist Fernando art pieces, 123 of his own making and 85 of other international artists, to the Bank of the Republic. With this collection, the Botero Museum was founded in the neighborhood in a colonial mansion that was acquired by the Bank of the Republic and made suitable to house the art collection by Fernando Botero. The museum has been open to the public free of charge.

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Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Is a public library located in Bogotá, Colombia. It was founded in 1923, today its collection has grown to the point where it has become the country's premier library and has come to be considered to be one of the most important libraries in Latin America. It has over 2 million books, a 45 000 square área and 6 floors. Every day it receives 5000 visitors.

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Pasaje Rivas

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Inspired in the Parisian malls in XIX, the passage was constructed on 1893 by Luis G. Rivas, searching for creating a place were artisians sell their products on a comercial environment. This craft market includes lots of straw hats, T-shirts, toy figurines, baskets and ruanas (Colombian ponchos), among other traditional products.

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Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez

Carrera 2 #1A-26

The building was designed by architect Rogelio Salmona, and it was opened in 2008. The center has a built area of 9,500 square meters (102,257 square feet) with bricks and concrete as its predominant visual elements and wide outdoor spaces.  The Cultural Center has different spaces: a library, auditoriums, alternate rooms, gallery, restaurant, among others that host a diverse cultural agenda throughout the whole year.

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Chorro de Quevedo

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Some historians state that the first settlement ordered by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada was located in this place, before the foundation of the city in 1538. The streets and the places right next to the square present a colonial environment of narrow streets and small houses with clay tile roofs.

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Museo del Oro

Carrera 2 #1A-26

The museum displays a selection of Pre Hispanic gold work. The biggest collection in the world, within pottery, Rock geologystone, shell, wood and textile archaeological objects. These items made by indigenous cultures testify their life

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Torre Colpatria

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Is a 50-story skyscraper located at the downtown area in Bogotá, Colombia. It was constructed from 1978 to 1979, and has a total height of 196 metres (643 ft). The main headquarters of Colpatria Bank are located in the building, and also a great number of other banks and financial corporations have offices in it.

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Plaza de Toros

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Known as "Plaza de Toros La Santamaría", Is located at the east of the International Center (Centro Internacional). It has capacity for 14.500 viewers, built in 1931 and today is managed by IDARTES (District Institute Of Arts). It was considered to be named as one of the Colombian National Monuments. Its architecture is linked with the buildings "Torres del Parque", both designed by Rogelio Salmona.

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Museo Nacional

Carrera 2 #1A-26

The National Museum is the oldest in the country and one of the oldest in the continent, built in 1823. Its fortress architecture is built in stone and brick. The plant includes arches, domes and columns forming a sort of Greek cross over which 104 prison cells are distributed, with solid wall façade The museum houses a collection of over 20,000 pieces including colombian, latinameric and european works of art and objects representing different national history periods.

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Plaza de la Perseverancia

Carrera 2 #1A-26

A traditional market framed as an excellent option for breakfast or lunch, with a menu that consists only on traditional colombian food. The market also provides a great variety of fruits, vegetables, meet, fish, diary, nuts, among other products of the best quality you can find.

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Cerro de Monserrate

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Is a mountain that dominates the city center of Bogotá. It rises to 3,152 metres (10,341 ft) above the sea level, where there is a church (built in the 17th century) with a shrine, devoted to "El Señor Caído" (Fallen Lord). The hill is a pilgrim destination, In addition to the church, the summit contains restaurants, cafeteria, souvenir shops and many smaller tourist facilities. Without breaking or disturbing the harmony of the nature and the landscape, a Cable Car and a Funicular facilitate access to thousands of people who want to reach the top to visit the beautiful sanctuary which presides and watches over the capital city and the green savannah that serves as a rug to Bogotá.

Restaurants & bars:

Rosita

Carrera 2 #1A-26

Colombian food. We recomend you to try ajiaco and also bandeja paisa.

Fulanitos

Carrera 3 #10-27

Pacific Food. We recomend aborrajados as first plate and chuleta valluna (a plate for to persons works perfect).

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Carrera 4 #12b-78 (Corner)

Food from all countries. You can enjoy the widest choice i here.

La Puerta Falsa

Calle 11 #6-50

With almost fifty years from their opening, is one of the most traditional places in Bogotá. we recomend this place for an excellent breakfast.

La Concordia

Calle 12C #1-40

Traditional market square. Traditional colombian food and one of the cheapest options yu can find. Menu changes every day.

Cocina Alternativa

Carrera 1 #12-27

For those who look for vegetarian food.

Andante

Carrera 3 #10-92

Italian cuisine, pastry and coffee shop. A great place for breakfast.

Bogotá Beer Company

Calle 12D #4-02

Considered Bogota brewery for excellence. Here you can get artisana made beer.

irish Pub

Carrera 3 #12-57

An ideal place for some drinks with friends and to watch soccer matches.

Candelario

Carrera 5 #13-14

Restaurant at day and bar at night. The music is different from other places, they mis latin and american rhythms.