Iglesia de San Francisco
Iglesia de San Francisco
4.5
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Built in 1556, Bogota's oldest surviving church has a beautiful ornate interior.
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Ysamur F
Los Angeles, CA108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
St. Francis most likely would hate this church because of it sheer grandiosity. However, bypassing that small detail, this church forces you to pause. The interior is magnificent contrasting with the understated Franciscan style exterior. Once inside you are conducted to a view of paradise and the company of the blessed. Everywhere your ayes wander there’s a retablo with magnificent sculptures and gold everywhere. Yet, with all that beauty; is the main altar retablo in its golden majesty the one detail that will take your breath away. The church deserves its own visit due to the exquisite interior and serenity. It is surprising how despite all the gold and ornate arquitecture; one can sit and contemplate the vision of heaven portrayed in the main altar. A highly recommended visit. For me as a scholar of religion this church made my list of on of the most majestic in the Western Hemisphere.
Written July 3, 2024
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Jeff Morrison
Edmonton, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I loved this place. It felt like you were taken back to colonial times. You could feel the devotion of the place. It’s a church, not a museum, and there is a strong spirit to be felt there. Serene and beautiful.
Written January 26, 2022
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Victoria W
Houston, TX125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This church is amazing to visit and see the artistic decor and ornate gold on the inside. It is still an active church with masses daily. There are signs saying no photos, but it was unclear if that is all the time, or just during the services since that is when I visited.
Written August 20, 2019
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Free to enter. Unable to find hours that they are open online but appear to have frequent Masses that are indicative of open hours (Mon-Sat, 7AM, 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 5PM, 6PM; Sun Masses are 8, 9, 10, 11, noon, 1, 5, 6, and 7PM). No photos are allowed. There is a security person that circulates and does not allow photos, even without a flash. I managed two photos until I was asked to stop. The main altar is an elaborate 17th century gilded altarpiece that wraps around the front of the church. There is a side altar to the right of the main altar that is very elaborate also. Along the sides of the church are many wood carved panels depicting religious scenes. The ceiling is very pretty also-green and gold Mudejar decorated. Note the statue of Jesus (immediately to your right as you enter the church in an alcove setting so easy to miss) that has life-like hair (see photo). Legend states that the statue miraculously grew hair and continues to this day. There are beggars outside of the church entrance. Very near the Gold Museum.
Written May 8, 2018
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Guillermo Perdomo
Bogota, Colombia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
From the outside it looks like an humble little country town chapel, lost in the middle of busy dowtown Bogota. But as soon as you cross the door you will be inmersed in the most outstanding explosion of the XVI Century Spanish Baroque. The wood carvings fully covered with gold leaf, the smell of candels burning by hundreds in front of every altar but above all, the dramatism of the bleeding Christ and the mourning Virgin will transport you to the deepest Spanish Colonial times.
Written January 17, 2017
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Edward B
Boca Raton, FL134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Located in the center of Bogotá this cathedral was on easy ride from our hotel. No pictures allowed inside which was a bit strange. The church is just stunning on the inside and should be on everyones list of sights to see while in Bogotá.
Written September 20, 2016
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
As others have noted, the exterior of this church looks very worn but the interior is beautiful. We arrived as they were celebrating a mass so enjoyed listening to the service and music. It is amazing to realize how old this church is, especially with the many newer buildings surrounding it. Reminds you of the foothold the Spaniards had in this part of the world well before the Pilgrims arrived in North America.
Written March 29, 2014
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Cra8zy
Brooklyn, NY56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
Stumbled on this church during our walk along La Candelaria. From the outside it does not look like much, but inside it's quite nice. It's a bit dark though. But don't let deter you. Enter and have a seat, and relax. No fee to enter.
Written November 25, 2013
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blueskycolombia
Bogota, Colombia29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Business
This picture was taken in Santa Clara´s Church, wich actually is a colonial art museum.
You are warned to avoid to shot pictures inside San Francisco´s Church
Written May 1, 2013
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
Not the most impressive church, but a really beautifully designed structure. It is attached to another building, and the white top gives it more character.
Written November 16, 2020
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