Primatial Cathedral of Bogotá

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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción
Archbishopric Cathedral of Bogotá next to Sacred Chapel and Archiepiscopal Palace
Basic information
Location Bogotá, Colombia
Geographic coordinates 4°35′53″N 74°04′31″W / 4.59796°N 74.07524°W / 4.59796; -74.07524Coordinates: 4°35′53″N 74°04′31″W / 4.59796°N 74.07524°W / 4.59796; -74.07524
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Archdiocese of Bogotá
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral, Minor basilica
Leadership Archbishop Rubén Salazar Gómez
Architectural description
Architect(s) Fray Domingo Petres
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neoclassical
Groundbreaking 1807
Completed 1823
Direction of façade West
Height (max) 52

The Primatial Cathedral of Bogotá (Spanish: Catedral Primada de Bogotá), officially the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located at the eastern side of Bolívar Square in Bogotá, D.C., Colombia. It is seat of the Archbishop of Bogotá, Cardinal Mon. Ruben Salazar Gomez.

The Cathedral was built four-time in the same place. The fourth and final construction occurred between 1807 and 1823.[1] It is said to be built by descendants of Jesuit missionaries. When the Spanish conquerors officially founded the city of Bogotá (changing the original Indian name of the city: Bacata), they established in 12 huts and a hay-church, that -after being totally built- would take the name of Archbishopric Cathedral of Bogotá. The cathedral holds the remains of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, founder of Bogotá. The cathedral, its area 5,300 square meters, is the biggest in Colombia and one of the biggest ones in South America.

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  1. ^ Escovar, Alberto (2002). Bogotá: Historic Center (First ed.). Ediciones Gamma S.A. p. 84. ISBN 958-8177-21-9. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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