La Candelaria

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La Candelaria
Locality of Bogotá
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Location of the locality in the city of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the city of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the Capital District of Bogotá
Location of the locality in the Capital District of Bogotá
Country  Colombia
City Bogotá D.C.
 • Total 2.06 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Elevation 2,600 m (8,500 ft)
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 22,115
 • Density 11,000/km2 (28,000/sq mi)
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

La Candelaria is a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá, Colombia. It is the equivalent to the Old City in other cities.[2] The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial, Baroque and art deco styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums.


Street of La Candelaria.
Art deco house - La Vieja Suiza, Calle 12 No. 3-07 Bogotá, Colombia
The Luís Ángel Arango Library facade and part of 11th street at La Candelaria neighborhood.
  • Botero Museum, located on 11th St., contains works by painter/sculptor Fernando Botero as well as works by artists including Monet and Picasso from Botero's private collection.
  • Luis Angel Arango Library is the most important library of Colombia, property of the Republic Bank; has more than 1.1 million books and is the most visited public library in Latin America, has facilities of parking, cafeteria, museums, concert hall, and exposition areas. you need coins to leave your bag in the checkroom.
  • Gold Museum is one of the most important museums of Colombia, It has a collection of more than 36,000 pieces in gold, wood, shell and stone organized in its three floors; the museum is property of the Republic Bank and is located in front of Santander Park.
  • Colón Theater is one of the most representative theatres of Colombia, with a neoclasic architecture, was built by the Italian architect Pietro Cantini, founded in 1892; has more than 2.400 square meters for 900 people.
  • Monserrate is the symbol by excellence of the Colombian capital. The hill is a pilgrim destination, as well as a tourist attraction. In addition to the church, there is a restaurant. Monserrate can be accessed by aerial tramway, a funicular or by climbing, the preferred way of pilgrims. You can see it from nearly every point in Bogota.
  • Silva Poetry House
  • Bogotá Urban Development Museum
  • Military Museum
  • Rafael Pombo Poetry House
  • Avianca Building
  • Camarín del Carmen theater
  • Quevedo brook plaza (Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo)
  • Bolívar Square




  1. ^ (Spanish) Population 2007 – DANE
  2. ^ Kaufman, David. "The Return of Bogotá." TIME. Thursday April 16, 2009. Retrieved on April 22, 2009.

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Coordinates: 4°35′30″N 74°04′27″W / 4.591722°N 74.074130°W / 4.591722; -74.074130