Descending 180 m below the surface and finding a Catholic church built in the heart of a salt mine is what awaits travelers arriving in Zipaquirá. This municipality is home to the famous Zipaquira Salt CathedralIn this place, it is possible to admire sculptures carved in salt, among which stands out a cross of 16 meters high that is located behind the main altar, a spectacle of the colonial era. With this tour you can get to know more closely a work of art of modern architecture, where we will enjoy this beautiful construction in the middle of a salt mine and we can learn a little more about this town dedicated mostly to tourism.
The Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá has been visited by people from all over the world, of different religious creeds and customs. This journey through Zipaquirá was the scene of a series of significant events that indelibly marked the course of the country's history. Especially in relation to the production of saltIt is the inspiration in the road infrastructure development of the national territory, the main center of commercial and economic progress of the country. It is also the cradle of free thinkers, training village of artists, writers, cycling athletes, intellectuals and an example people.
The territory now occupied by ZipaquiraThe town where Gabriel García Márquez went to school, was an important center of salt trade -vital for preserving food- before the arrival of the conquistadors. This mineral, the essence of the municipality (founded on July 18, 1600), abounds in the Salt Cathedral from ZipaquiraA religious sanctuary built in a subway salt mine. This municipality is relatively close to the capital city, Bogotá.
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If you want to get caught up in this majestic place, here is an idea of what you will experience.
Salt Cathedral: The entrance offers a magical and exciting atmosphere, the first part consists of "the Stations of the Cross" which are stations that commemorate the Stations of the Cross of Jesus.
Then we arrived at the "Dome" which gives a magical and astral sensation, very beautiful.
Then, there are the "chambers" where, depending on the chamber (or corridor) we choose, we will know our personality.
Finally we arrive at the Cathedral, which consists of 3 naves, The cathedral is spectacular. Inside the mine you will find many gifts to take home. Like real emeralds from $16.000 COL or $8US.
The entrance to the mine is through a 3-meter high German doors, original from 1817, supported by thick eucalyptus timbers
You enter to the salt mine by large German doors, 3 meters high, original from 1817, supported by thick eucalyptus timbers. The salt seeps through the plant fibers, solidifying the trunk and fossilizing it, making it stronger than a rock.
Reception chamber with a ceiling that exceeds 30 meters in height, up to 60 meters underground.
Upon entering you will find a reception chamber with a ceiling that exceeds 30 meters in height, to which one descends 60 meters below ground level. y can be observedr among the rocks the first formations of stalagmites and stalactites more than 1 meter long and more than 100 years old, which, due to the air inside, take the shape of roots and figures.. There are also an ecological trail, an auditorium and a geology room.
Another attraction of great importance is the salt crystal of 1,600 kilos, the largest in South America, found in 1905 and carved in the shape of a heart in the 60's by the miner Miguel Sanchez, called "The Heart of Nemocón", is a block of crystalline alite salt, a pure block of colorless translucent body, with a width of 25 cm.
During near one hour visitors will tourn the bowels of the earth and you will be amazed with the beautiful salt formations, the water mirrors, the wishing well, the chapel of the Virgin of Carmenthe miners' dance hall, among other attractions.
Virgen del Carmen Chapel
The Chapel with the Virgin of Carmen built in 1946 (patron saint of Colombian miners, drivers and policemen), there is a huge stone sphere of 1300 kilos that symbolizes the world.
In the chamber of the Chapel with the Virgin of Carmen (patron saint of Colombian miners, drivers and policemen) there is a huge stone sphere of 1,300 kilos that symbolizes the world. The blue color is the sky and the white color is the purity, peace and hope of the virgin, who is suspended above the world. Representing the protection of all people, especially miners.
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