Casa de Moneda
Engineer Turrillo Yebra Alonso founded the mint in 1621 under the order of King Philip III of Spain, and produced the first gold coins in the Americas – now it is one of the must-see museums in Bogotá. Aside from the absence of the mill, Casa de Moneda is unchanged since King Ferdinand VI ordered an extension in the mid-18th-century, and so the building exemplifies the beautiful arches, tiled roofs and courtyards that make colonial buildings so attractive. The museum itself displays the different coins produced over the years in Colombia, but is as much historical and anthropological as it is archaeological. The many changing currencies are a sign of Colombia’s turbulent past, and Casa de Moneda uses the changing currency to reflect on the context of political developments.