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Capitolio Nacional Capitolio Nacional

(closed to the public) on the southern side of the plaza stands this neoclassical seat of Congress. It was begun in 1847 (its square-facing facade was built by English architect Thomas Reed), but due to numerous political uprisings was not completed until 1926. To visit, call Citizen Services (382 6129).

3.6/5 rating (5 votes)

Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez

www.fce.com.co; Calle 11 No 5-60) Opened in 2008 and a modern addition to La Candelaria, this expansive new complex pays homage to Colombia’s most famous author in name, but its events span the cultural spectrum way past literature. There’s also a giant bookstore (with a few English titles), a great hamburger restaurant and a Juan Valdéz cafe.

3.0/5 rating (4 votes)

Iglesia de San Ignacio Iglesia de San Ignacio

(Calle 10 No 6-35) The Jesuits began this iconic church in 1610 and, although opened for worship in 1635, it was not completed until their expulsion in 1767. It was the largest church during colonial times and perhaps the most magnifi cent. It’s undergoing a long-winded renovation. Hopefully when it reopens visitors should be able to see one of the city’s most richly decorated churches.

4.0/5 rating (4 votes)

Mirador de la Torre Colpatria Mirador de la Torre Colpatria

Carrera 7 No 24-89; admission COP$3500; h6-9pm Fri, 11am-5pm Sat, Sun & holidays) Monserrate offers superb views, but only from the 48th-floor outside deck of the Colpatria Tower can you catch a superb view of the bullring, backed by office buildings and the mountains – there are also fine 360-degree vistas across the city. The 162mhigh skyscraper – Colombia’s tallest – was finished in 1979.

5.0/5 rating (2 votes)

Parque Simón Bolívar Parque Simón Bolívar

Calle 63 & 53 btwn Carreras 48 & 68; h6am-6pm) At 360 hectares, it’s slightly larger than New York’s Central Park, something that more than a few of the weekend draw of 200,000 local park goers like to point out. It’s a nice spot, with lakes, bike paths and walkways, public libraries, stadiums and many events including the beloved Rock al Parque in October or November. The ‘Simón Bolívar’ stop on TransMilenio’s E line reaches the east end of the park (at Av Ciudad de Quito and Calle 64).

5.0/5 rating (2 votes)

Quinta de Bolívar Quinta de Bolívar

www.quintadebolivar.gov.co; Calle 20 No 2-91 Este; adult/child COP$3000/1000; h9am- 5pm Tue-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun) About 250m downhill to the west from Monserrate station, this lovely historic home museum is set in a garden at the foot of the Cerro de Monserrate. The mansion was built in 1800 and donated to Simón Bolívar in 1820 in gratitude for his liberating services. Bolívar spent 423 days here over nine years. Its rooms are filled with period pieces, including Bolívar’s sword. Less is said about its later days as a mental institution. There’s an English- and French-language brochure available for COP$2500, or a Spanish-language audio guide for COP$1000.

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