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Plaza de Bolívar (Bolivar Square)

A visit to Bogotá’s main public square offers a glimpse into the city’s architectural history and the chance to take part in free cultural events.

Plaza de Bolívar is Bogotá’s grand central square, where you can admire historical landmarks and enjoy free cultural activities. Established in the 1500s, the square received a makeover in 1960 to commemorate Colombia’s 150th year of independence.

Plaza de Bolívar takes its name from Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan-born military leader who played a key role in liberating Latin America from the Spanish. A statue of Bolívar dominates the center of the square, and was one of the first public monuments raised in Bogotá. It provides a great vantage point from which to appreciate the square’s eclectic architectural styles.

Check out neoclassical buildings, such as the Palacio Liévano and Capitolio Nacional, home to the Congress of Colombia. Admire the dominating 19th-century façade of the Catedral Primada de Colombia. Don’t miss the Palacio de Justicia, which has been rebuilt twice after being burned down by protestors. See the colonial-style La Casa del Florero, which hosts displays of independence artifacts.

Find vendors selling snacks and souvenirs, and encouraging visitors to take photos with colorfully dressed llamas. The square springs to life during political demonstrations and cultural events such as Concierto la Esperanza, a free music festival that takes place in May.

Visit the square during the holidays, when it is decorated by large Christmas trees and festive lights. Crowds gather for free events, including sound and light shows, carol singing, dance performances and recitals by the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.

Plaza de Bolívar marks the heart of downtown Bogotá and is easily accessible on foot from other major city attractions. It’s a great place to begin a tour of the city’s historic center and the picturesque La Candelaria neighborhood. The Botero Museum, Casa de la Moneda and Luis Angel Arango Library are all less than a 10-minute walk away. Public buses and the subway also stop close to the square. Metered parking is available at the Luis Angel Arango Library.


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      Located in La Candelaria, this hotel is steps from Casa de la Moneda and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center. Catedral Primada de Colombia and Plaza de Bolivar are also within 5 minutes.

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        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                CARRERA 5 12B 50, Bogotá
                   
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