Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Cartagena has to say about Candelaria:
“Blissfully alive and chock-full of key things to see, La Candelaria is Bogotá’s colonial barrio, with a mix of carefully restored 300-year-old houses, some rather dilapidated ones, and still more marking more modern eras.
The usual place to start discovering Bogotá is Plaza de Bolívar, marked by a bronze statue of Simón Bolívar. It was the first public monument in the city.
The square has changed considerably over the centuries and is no longer lined by colonial buildings; only the Capilla del Sagrario dates from the Spanish era. Other buildings are more recent and flaunt different architectural styles.
Some of La Candelaria’s most popular sights, are within a couple of blocks east of the plaza. The slightly confusing web of museums run by the Banco de la República, including Museo Botero, Casa de Moneda, Colección de Arte and Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, are essentially one massive and labyrinthine inter-connected museum complex and form what is easily one of Bogotá’s top attractions.
The highlight of Banco de la República’s massive museum complex is several halls spread over two floors dedicated to all things chubby: hands, oranges, women, mustached men, children, birds, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) leaders. All of these are, of course, the robust paintings and sculptures of Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero (Botero himself donated these works).
The collection also includes several works by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Miró, and some hilarious sculptures by Dalí and Max Ernst.
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