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Casa de Nariño

Casa de Nariño

Beyond the Capitolio Nacional, reached via Carreras 8 or 7, on the south side of Plaza de Bolívar, is Colombia’s neoclassical presidential building erected at the beginning of the 20th century. President Santos lives and works here. It’s named for Antonio Nariño, a colonial figure with ideas of independence and who secretly translated France’s human rights laws into Spanish – and went to jail for it, a couple of times. In 1948 the building was damaged during El Bogotazo riots and only restored in 1979. To visit, you’ll need to log on www.presidencia. gov.co and scroll down to the link ‘Visitasguiadas a la Casa de Nariño,’ under Servicios al Ciudadano, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. don’t need permission to watch the changing of the presidential guard – best seen from the east side – which is held at 4pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

TIP: Guards around the president’s palace stand at barriers on Carreras 7 and 8. It’s OK to pass them, just show the contents of your bag and stay clear of the fence-side sidewalks.

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