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Jay A wrote a review Sep 2020
Montrose, Colorado609 contributions58 helpful votes
Plaza Bolívar is in the center of La Candelaria, the old colonial town of Bogotá. There are several nice attractions in the neighborhood like the cathedral, the Museo Botero, The Museo Santa Clara and the Presidential Palace. It is named for Simón Bolívar, the leader of the effort to liberate Colombia and its neighbors from Spain and establish democratic government. The Plaza itself, however, is pretty ordinary and one should be particularly careful of pick-pockets and others who might pray upon tourists. Enjoy the sights near-by but don't waste a lot of effort on seeing this plaza.…
Date of experience: February 2020
Myo M wrote a review Jun 2020
Coquitlam, Canada18,211 contributions541 helpful votes
It was exactly about an hour spent at this spacious "main plaza" of the city while covering I would say all the photo angles of the "long & imposing" buildings on all four sides and also enjoying really a "wide-open feeling" (with having been to quite a number of the "main plazas" of the cities of South & Central Americas but not many of them as wide-open & uncluttered without trees or flower beds or such as this great plaza!). So, just about the only downside seen here is actually right at the center of the Plaza (the "only exception" to this big clear space) which in my opinion is just "not as grand" of a statue of Simon Bolivar as it should be although it's nicely placed on a pedestal with some carving scenes around it which is also on a square-shaped platform but just a "standing statue" instead of one on horseback (such as those seen at two other squares in Medellin & Cartagena later on). And also of convenience is the narrow street on one side of Catedral Metropolitana (to the right while facing the Cathedral) with a number of outdoor souvenir vendors stretching about a block (where I got like 3 keychains which were my first souvenirs of Bogota before getting some more from Mount Monserrate another day). And yes while at this plaza, definitely should not be missed apart from the nice walk-around & the souvenir shopping nearby is a visit inside Catedral Metropolitana (with "two parts" each with its own altar and overall just a "fairly elaborate" interior with shrines along the length including some tombs, big paintings on the walls & decorative ceilings above) and which is also really quite an "awesome beauty" to look at (due to its length & also due to an "unobstructed view") along the east side of the Plaza especially seeing it past these numerous pigeons (many of which somehow also happened to be just on that side of the Plaza). And with this plaza just outside the "historic barrio" La Candelaria on its west side, also "much worthwhile" sites nearby (requiring me about 2 days including just a general wandering among the beautiful heritage buildings along the narrow streets of that barrio) are: Teatro Colon (with its "quite mesmerizing" ceiling above the main performance room to see on the "guided tour" of about 1.5 hours) & Museo Colonial (with two floors & also a "quite serene" inner courtyard), both sites just around one street corner at just a few-minute walk east from the southeast corner of this plaza (shortly after passing by the souvenir vendors beside Catedral Metropolitana as mentioned above); and Iglesia de San Francisco (a nice structure to look at from outside but with just a "modest interior" of not much ornateness & such to see) & Museo del Oro (really quite an impressive gold museum with about 3 levels of displays of both gold & non-gold materials all of which from the time of the Incas & those before them), both sites after just about a 10-minute walk north from the northeast corner of this plaza through the "big pedestrian street" Carrera 7 (a "pretty lively" one to walk along with plenty of shops & restaurants along its two sides and where the street performers are also somewhat of interesting sights in their various "still postures").…
Date of experience: December 2019
The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review Jun 2020
Singapore, Singapore9,914 contributions460 helpful votes
This is the main plaza of the city and is surrounded by some governmental buildings. Noted some small groups demostrators demonstrating here. One of the groups are the indigenous who came from a village. A great place for photo stop.
Date of experience: September 2019
Robert S wrote a review May 2020
Lawrence, Kansas2,670 contributions483 helpful votes
This plaza has all the main government buildings. It is , and on a weekend to is full of people and vendors. The Main Catherdral of Bogota is on the Plaza.
Date of experience: June 2019
Les L wrote a review Mar 2020
St. Petersburg, Florida16,285 contributions361 helpful votes
There's such a sense of history here. The buildings are large and attractive; a great place for viewing and reflecting on Colombia's history.
Date of experience: September 2019