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"BOGOTA: MUSEO DEL ORO" Colombia Things to Do Tip by swesn

Colombia Things to Do: 240 reviews and 516 photos

Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) of Bogota is definitely recommended as it contains (I didn't count but I read from the guidebook) more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Columbian gold work.

But it is not the mere huge number of gold pieces that impresses. It is how fine and intricate these gold pieces that impresses.

Apparently, every technique of goldwork known currently to modern goldsmiths had apparently been adopted by these ancient pre-Columbian cultures. Astounding!! To these people, gold symbolizes the life-giving energy from the Sun.

There is one famous display of a tiny boat with very very very very fine and wonderful details that shows the ceremony of throwing gold into Lake Guatavita as an offering to the gods.

In a fortress-like room, the guards will allow about 20 people to enter, before closing the door. There, you stand in the dark with some perplexity and suddenly, the lights come on around the room, showcasing an assortment of splendid bracelets, earrings, necklaces, breast plates, masks, figurines and rings.

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  • Written Oct 21, 2007
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