The Salt Cathedral

The Salt Cathedral

ZIPAQUIRÁ, COLOMBIA

50 kilometers north of Bogota and near Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca, is the only salt cathedral in the world, has become one of the most popular excursions from the Colombian capital. Built in a tunnel in a salt mine 200 million years old, it is almost surreal. It is 190 meters below ground and heads the largest cross ever built in an underground church. As you progress through the underground way they appear 14 small chapels drop, for the Cross. Each station has a platform to kneel and pray, many of them carved into the same salt. Of course, we will not be alone: over three thousand parishioners attend Mass every Sunday and hear in this brilliant church. Zipaquirá is a city of 100,000 people with an attractive colonial neighborhood. When the Spaniards came here because salt was an important resource in the area, and the mines are currently contributing 40 percent of national production. It is about 50 kilometers north of Bogotá and is easily accessible by train or bus. If you want a less touristy alternative, 15 kilometers northeast of the town Nemocon found with a smaller (and less busy) mine can be visited daily. It takes four centuries in operation and at the time served as town hall.

The Salt Cathedral

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