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Bogota

Bogota

Bogota in full Capital District of Santa% de Bogota City (pop., 1999:6,276,428), capital of Colombia. It lies on a plateau east of the ANDEs MOUNTAINS European settlement began in 1538 when Spanish conquistadores overran Bacata, the main seat of the Chibcha Indians; the name was soon corrupted to Bogota. It became the capital of the Viceroyalty of New Granada and a centre of Spanish colonial power in South America. It was the scene of revolt against Spanish rule (18 10-11), and the revolutionary leader SIMON BOLIVAR took the city in 1819. It became the capital of the confederation of GRAN COLOMBIA; When that entity was dissolved in 1830, itremained the capital but of New Granada and later the Republic of Colombia. Today Bogota is an industrial, commerical, educational and cultural centre.

The capital of the country, Bogota is the quintessence of all things Colombian. It's a city of brilliant museums, splendid colonial churches, renowned universities, futuristic architecture and intellectuals and artists, offering a vibrant and diverse cultural life. Yet it is also a city of vast shantytowns, street urchins, beggars, thieves, itinerant vendors, wild traffic and graffiti.

Bogota is a bustling, noisy and aggressive metropolis amazing but awful, fascinating but dangerous. It's a bizarre mixture of everything from oppressive poverty to sparkling prosperity you may love it or hate it, but it won't leave you indifferent.

The city was founded in 1538 and named Santa Fe de Bogot6, but after independence the name was shortened to Bogota. Though it always played an important political role as the nation's capital, its rapid progress only came in the 1940s, with industrialization and consequent migrations from the countryside. Over the past 50 years, BogotA has grown twenryfold to its present population of near seven million.

The city's average temperature is IVC (57'F) year round, with cool nights and warm days. The dry season is from December to March, and there is also a semidry period from July to August.


Places to Visit


Capitolio Nacional
Palacio de Justicia
Alcaldia
Capilla del Sagrario
La Candelaria
Museums

Museo del Oro

Donacion Botero
Museo Arqueologico
Museo de Arte Colonial
Museo de Arles y Tradiciones Populares
Museo Nacional
Museo de Arte Moderno
Quinta de Bolivar

Churches


lglesia de Santa Clara
Iglesia de San Francisco
Iglesia de San Ignacio
Iglesia La Tercera
Iglesia de San Diego
Cerro de Monserrate
Mirador Torre Colpattia
Mercado de las Pulgas



Bogota Hotels

Ic Hotel Tequendama - Carrera 10 Nbr 26-21, Bogata
Platypus Hotel
Residencias Aragon Hotel
Hotel El Dorado
Hotel Internacional
Alcom Hotel
Hotel Turistico de Santafe
Hotel Dann Colonial
La Casona del Patio Amarillo

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