"ZIPAQUIRA: CATEDRAL DE SAL" Bogotá Things to Do Tip by swesn

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Zipaquira is about 1 hour from Bogota and is quite a major attraction in Colombia, very popular as a weekend trip for the Bogotans.

Apparently, there was another salt mine with a cathedral that was used for a while before it was declared structurely unsafe.

Hence, there was a project to use the mine here near Zipaquira and there was a contest for the best architect with the best idea.

The winning architect made representations of the 9 stages of Jesus? walk through the streets of Jerusalem towards his crucifixion. There are crucifixes made from blocks of salt at each of the stages with interesting representations of the chambers, the floor, the steps, the height of the crosses, and other salt mounds. At the end of the tour is the main chamber of the cathedral itself with sitting areas and an immense crucifix. Sometimes, weddings and concerts are held here.

As for this 'immense crucifix' at the altar, from a distance, it does look like a hanging crucifix. But once you get right in front of it, you will be pleasantly surprised at what exactly it is. I shall not spoil the surprise for you.

The underground cave also has an auditorium with state-of-the-art technology for video shows, sound systems, etc? Very impressive.

Address: Zipaquira

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  • Written Oct 20, 2007
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