Both before and after the Botero Museum, we spent some time wandering around the streets of the old city.
Someone met a new friend along the way too!
Santuario Nuestra Senora del Carmen, also known as The National Shrine of Our Lady of Carmen, is situated amongst a myriad of museums in the historical center of Bogotá. Towering high over La Candelaria neighborhood, the church can easily be recognized by its distinctive red-and-white striped facade–a pattern that also continues within its interiors. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there so we didn’t get to the see the inside.
Iglesia de la Candelaria is a former convent and hospice, rich in history, having endured demolition and reconstruction, judicial quarrels and expropriation as well as general wear and tear. Now fully restored, the building exhibits some astonishing works of art – The Death of Saint Joseph by Pedro Alcántara Quijano, among them – on the ceiling of the central nave.