Iglesia De Las Aguas
Welcome to this tour of traditional Bogotá. Today you are going to see how bogotanos live and enjoy the capital of Colombia. The city was founded by the Spanish conquistadores in 1538 and has a population of about 10 million people.
My name is Néstor Meléndez, and I will be showing you some of the most iconic places that are located in the downtown of Bogotá, or, as we say, el centro.
You should be standing outside the La Iglesia de Las Aguas, the colonial white church, with the mountains behind it.
Have a look at the church. It dates from 1690, and has been part of the Catholic life of this neighborhood since then. This was the outskirts of the city back then. The people that lived here were mainly artisans and farmers. Now, it is part of the heart of the city.
It has at various times been used as a convent, a hospice and a hospital.
It is now a church and also the main offices for Artesanias de Colombia, the public company that is in charge of the promotion, marketing and merchandising of the Colombian handcrafts from all over the country.
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Lets get going!
With your back to the church, turn left and start walking, keeping the road on your right.
VoiceMap uses GPS to play audio at each location, so you can put your phone away and follow my directions. There will occasions of silence, but this just means we are in between locations.
I'll meet you at the next location.