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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

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Parque De La Sal, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
+57 1 8519502
https://www.catedraldesal.gov.co/
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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is not exactly what its name might imply. The infamous Columbian religious site is actually a rich salt mine converted into an artistic masterpiece of a Cathedral. Tour ... Read more
guides allow visitors a whole new perspective on the impressive landmark by accompanying them on their mile long journey through the Salt Cathedral and providing them with valuable historical context and input. The most memorable aspect of the trip to and through the Salt Cathedral, however, is the scenery. The salt-based artwork on the inside combined with convenient lighting is a sight to behold, just like the rolling rural landscape surrounding the cathedral.

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Anchorage

A huge cathedral in an underground salt mine. Interesting, but so is the town of Zipaquirá. So if you are making a trip to the cathedral, plan a few hours to check out the town or stay overnight.

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Port Washington

Americano aqui! I went with a Colombian family and enjoyed every moment. I did not like that I was charged a little more because I was a foreigner but I understand why.

In total my entrance was 50 mil pesos y mi coffee in cafeteria Del minero 4 mil. For 3 mil I bought a obleas ... it was like a raspberry jelly and peanut butter spread on a wafer... SO GOOD... I rode a toro ( mechanical bull ) for 5 mil y... the rock wall was 7 mil...

This is a totally camera friendly place... there was not a lot of traffic on a Monday... the labyrinth was closed when I went... IF you truly want to see a sneak peak before you go I made a Vlog entry... one of the first since my arrival in Colombia... I put them on YouTube under our channel LivingSpanglish... my wife is Colombian and we are newlyweds traveling Colombia paving the tourists way. Check it out !

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New York City

If you’re visiting Bogota, make a day trip to the Salt Cathedral, located 30 miles north from the city center. While salt mines have existed in this location for thousands of years, the underground church wasn't built until 1932. Upon arrival, you will be led by a knowledgeable guide in English throughout the different rooms depicting Jesus' birth, life and death. You don't have to be Catholic or even religious to enjoy the architectural wonder of the place. On the downside, the price of admission is higher for foreigners than it is for Colombians.

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Madrid

An underground Cathedral built in a salt mine. The current one is new one built in 1992 when the old one suffered structural problem. The feat of engineering to create this place is mind-blowing. The place is lit with blue, white and yellow lighting creating a sense of awe and wonder. If you are a history buff you might want to join the tour, otherwise you can wander on your own. It's not easy to get lost in there.

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Melbourne

What a brilliant feat of engineering, turning a salt mine into an underground Roman Catholic Cathedral! Whether you liked it or not, this is truly an engineering marvel.

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Bedford

You can reach Zipaquira via bus from Bogota and it is well worth the hassle of the confusing bus schedule. This salt mine turned Cathedral is mindblowing. The scope the the construction is very impressive. While you are hundreds of feet underground the size of the caverns makes it hard to believe.

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Bedford

I honestly can't believe that a place like this exists. Stepping into the mine sent a chill down my spine, and it became even more unbelievable the deeper we went. The tour is definitely worth doing, but be sure to peek around after at some of the things you don't see on the tour. The mirror pool was my favorite - couldn't believe that water can be that reflective!

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Escondido

Visited here with friends who live in Columbia. Stunning what these miner's have done with the empty caverns once the salt has been removed. Do take the tour it gives you a wealth of information of how each area was constructed and the on going mining of the area. The caves are chill and you should bring a light jacket or sweater. The air is cool and has a tinge of salt you can taste on your lips. The village where the Cathedral is locate is well worth wandering around the little streets and shops. Get there early and enjoy the day.

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Brisbane

Really one of the more amazing sites that I have gone to. A massive salt mine has converted several of its cavernous cavities into chapels and an active church. The engineering involved is very impressive, considering that this is still an active mine.

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Cotati

Great for a one time visit. It is definately something different. The town it is in is definately geared towards tourists but also offers a laid aback feel. The tour is option but we decided to not stay with the tour (which is in all Spanish) and take our time taking photos of this amazing picturesque place.

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Philadelphia, PA

The Salt Cathedral is really a beautiful testament to Colombia as a deeply religious country. The lights stretched throughout the underground taverns are an engineering feat.

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Bogota

Many people love the Salt Cathedral, but I found myself underwhelmed by it. It's interesting, sure, but just not my thing.

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New York City

Do not be mistaken- this is not a historical salt mine that was converted to a cathedral by fearful miners over the course of decades. This is a new Cathedral mined and built in 1992 after the old one suffered structural problems. The new Cathedral is big and impressive, but has the air of an underground museum- very modern and somewhat self-conscious. If you're in the area anyway or looking for a day trip from Bogota, it can be a pleasant diversion. But it's certainly not a must-see.

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Tel Aviv

The place and it's surroundings are very beautiful and have amazing views of the rural landscape. The guided tour is not that good, but it's an unavoidable part of the trip (you just can't go inside by yourself). The reflective pool at the end of the tour is impressive. The tour of the city itself is also very nice.

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New York City

An amazingly salty landmark! This cathedral was carved by local miners on a mountain formed of salt and rock. This underground site is about a mile long adorned with carvings such as angels, altars and crosses that are mostly beautifully lighten by colored neon lights; the interior is extremely hot and humid. The walls are so salty that I bet you can marinate your BBQ there! It is about 20miles from Bogota. An impressively artistic work, worth the trip!

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SPECTACULAL SALT CATHEDRAL UNDERGROUND... NEAR BOGOTA.

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Holanda, Durango, Mexico

ES SUPER TIERNO `PARA CAZAR TODO LO PARANORMAL

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Madrid

Una de las excursiones de día que más recomiendo hacer desde el centro de Bogotá es a las minas de sal de Zipaquirá. En las minas puedes bajar más de 175 metros para visitar la bellísima Catedral de Sal, que está considerada una de las 7 maravillas de Colombia. La catedral y muchas de las esculturas que están allí están realizadas completamente en sal. Una visita súper recomendable.

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Danlí

Bogotá el peligro es que te quieras quedar

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