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Iglesia de San Francisco

Ave. Jimenez & Carrera 7, Bogota, Colombia
341 2357
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Built in 1556, Bogota's oldest surviving church has a beautiful ornate interior.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“main altar” (6 reviews)
Ave. Jimenez & Carrera 7, Bogota, Colombia
341 2357
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stumbled into this place randomly after touring the museum of gold. It is spectacular on the inside. I'm told in Colombia you get three wishes when you visit a new church so don't forget them on your trip here.

Thank Megan C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stunning church absolutely beautiful. I would absolutely go back and visit maybe spend more times I can see all the detailed architecture

Thank Dneilucla
Reviewed 1 week ago

this Catholic Church is the Oldest church in Bogota Colombia, is a must see during your visit to Bogota, It feels more a Cathedral than a church, absolutely beautiful Gold Altar and walls Artwork ! When you visit the Gold Museum just cross the park...More

Thank adicted2travel3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built between 1552 and 1559, form the outside this looks a rather plain church - there is not that much decoration on it. However when you walk inside it is an amazing experience. The inside is dark and along the walls are plenty of intricately...More

Thank Honisoiquimalypense
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Like others said, it's dimly lit, not terribly well-maintained, and photography is prohibited inside.

Thank nhajare
Reviewed August 11, 2017

San Francisco was established in the 16th Century but much of the beautiful interior was developed in the later colonial period. This is an active church, so visitors are asked not to take photographs. When I visited most of the light came through a few...More

Thank VivaMexicoLiz
Reviewed July 30, 2017

Bogota's oldest surviving church. The 17th century gilded main altarpiece is why you go here. It is Bogota's biggest and most elaborate art of it's kind/

Thank TravelinAlan
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

There are so many churches in Bogota and this is probably one of the best. The building is elaborately decorated with a lot of elements in gold colour, sophisticated sculptures and nice paintings.

Thank Alice Man Kwan C
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

The church is located next to the Museum of Gold, so it's hard to miss. However, if you decide to visit, you will be surprised how badly maintained it is. It has graffiti outside, which seems rather surprising for such an important historical monument (imagine...More

Thank mmaatt
Reviewed July 12, 2017

This is the most beautiful church in Bogota, and one of the oldest. Not be missed by any means if you visit the city. Admire the superb combination of the lavish golden altar expanding all over the large abside filled with paintings with the "artesonado"...More

Thank Valerie G
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