Hg2 : The Hedonist

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira is not one of the normal cathedrals in Bogotá. The idea of a salt cathedral dates back to 1932 when miners carved a space in the rock for daily prayers to ask for protection whilst they worked. A project to build a more elaborate cathedral began in 1950 but the current creation was built from 1991-95. The cathedral is dark and lit by ghostly-blue lights. Huge crosses and detailed icons are all carved out of the rock, and walking through the cathedral is a completely awe-inspiring experience. The cathedral itself is an expansive space with tunnels shooting off in different directions and an assortment of statues often viewed across rocky pits. Within the cathedral are 14 smaller chapels, each with crosses and kneeling platforms that represent Jesus’s last journey, as well as four large columns that represent the four evangelists. The cathedral also functions as a church, but as the Catedral de Sel has no bishop it isn’t officially recognised as such in Catholicism, and so its title is merely honorary.

Cra. 15, No. 85-29,
+57 1 616 1111
Opening Times
7.45am-11.45am Mon-Sat; 6am-6.30pm Sun
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