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Not only does our country boast unique pre- Colombian history, colorful and interesting indigenous and afro-Colombian communities but it is also a country with a strong Spanish colonization heritage, whom left their significant mark through history and which can be tapped into not only through the beautiful mixture of Colombian people but through the incredible historical Architecture.
Breathtaking works of architecture such as palaces’ and old colonial homes, and thousands of traditional, art deco and gothic churches cover every city, town and village in Colombia.
UNESCO has taken great interest in Colombia’s historical treasures, with some towns and Cities being registered as UNESCO sites such as the port, forts and monuments of Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast, with its Candy- colored colonial buildings, churches, beautiful balconies and courtyards that are surrounded by an old city wall, and overlooked by the great Fort of San Felipe.
The town centre of Mompox is also a cultural heritage with its brilliantly preserved colonial architecture that has been locked away in near seclusion due to its geographical position creating a lost in time feeling.
Another magnificent town with beautiful white colonial buildings is the town of Popayan, which is the home to a great deal of Colombia’s past presidents, artists, poets and musicians and which is simply wonderful to wander around and enjoy the towns atmosphere.
In the Capital of Bogota you can wander around the colonial center of La Candelaria stopping specifically at the centers main square of Plaza de Boliviar where the grand old church stands with the mountains visible behind and where pigeons flock into its crevices and perches.
An attractive church the Iglesia Del Carmen stands out with its candy cane stripes against an often blue sky. For a magnificent view of the city head up to the beautiful white church of Monserrate that over looks the entire of Bogota from its sacred spot.
Medellin also hosts some classic constructions which occupy Medellin’s great collection of arts such as Fernando Botero and Picasso, shopping centers and museums.
In every small town or village, you will find yourself centered by the town’s main square and mandatory colonial church that always pin points the town’s main hub and personalizes every town’s character.
While travelling through Colombia you will never be short of magnificent architectural creations, and historical remains, creating fantastic environments and photo worthy opportunities!
For more information on tours to explore our beautiful architecture or any of the destinations mentioned above just ask us at Mantaraya!