Zipaquirá - Charming Town, Amazing Salt Cathedral

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Diocesana Cathedral in town square

 

Zipaquirá - Charming Town, Amazing Salt Cathedral

 

Zipaquirá

 

If you are spending more than a couple of days in Bogotá, I highly recommend a pleasant side trip to Zipaquirá.

 

Zipaquirá is a charming town located 48 kilometers north of Bogotá. The city’s main square is surrounded by old Spanish Colonial style buildings.  

 

Above the town, on Zipa hill, is the renowned Salt Cathedral.

 

The Salt Cathedral is an underground church built inside a salt mine.

Sanctuary cross is 53 feet high
From the outdoor Ceremonial Square, you enter and descend through the mines into the sacred Cathedral by a series of tunnels.     

 

The underground Cathedral features:

• A huge Sanctuary with a large cross, balconies and a replica of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” carved in salt.

• Separate chapels for the 14 Stations of the Cross that depict the Passion of Jesus Christ.

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Si usted va a estar más de un par de días en Bogotá, recomiendo muy especialmente el viaje a la pequena y agradable ciudad de Zipaquirá.

 

Zipaquirá tiene 48 kilómetros, es una ciudad encantadora, localizada al norte de Bogotá. La plaza mayor esta rodeada por viejos edificios de estilo Colonial español. 

 

En la Colina denominada Zipa, esta localizada la renombrada Catedral de Sal.

 

La Catedral de Sal es una iglesia subterránea construida dentro de una mína de sal. De la plazoleta al aire libre usted entra y desciende por la mina atraves de una serie de túneles hasta llegar a la sagrada Catedral.  

 

Las caracteristicas de Catedral subterránea:

• Hay un Santuario enorme con una cruz grande, balcones y una replica de “La Creación de Adán” de Michelangelo esculpido en sal.

• Hay diferentes Capillas que simboliza las 14 Estaciones de la Crucifixion de Jesus Cristo.

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Diocesana Cathedral in town square
Diocesana Cathedral in town square
Sanctuary cross is 53 feet high
Sanctuary cross is 53 feet high
Creation of Adam carved in salt
"Creation of Adam" carved in salt
Features 14 stations of the cross
Features 14 stations of the cross
Catedral built into salt mine walls
Catedral built into salt mine walls
Inaugurated 1950, shut down 1990
Inaugurated 1950, shut down 1990
Reopened 1995, 200 ft below old
Reopened 1995, 200 ft below old
Tourist park for Catedral de Sal
Tourist park for Catedral de Sal
Museo Arqueological (artifacts)
Museo Arqueological (artifacts)
Diocesana Cathedral from Zipa hill
Diocesana Cathedral from Zipa hill
Zipaquira, Foot of the Zipa
Zipaquira, "Foot of the Zipa"
Group gathering in town square
Group gathering in town square
Zipaquira has 120,000 residents
Zipaquira has 120,000 residents
Watch out McDonalds, Burguer Queen
Watch out McDonalds, Burguer Queen
After shopping, lets go to Bogotá
After shopping, let's go to Bogotá
Arrive by bus back in N. Bogotá
Arrive by bus back in N. Bogotá
Zipaquira
photo by: siri