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Iglesia Museo de Santa Clara

Iglesia Museo de Santa Clara

(Carrera8 No 8-91; adult/student/child COP$3000/2000/500; h9am-5pm Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat & Sun) This church facing the palace from the west (on Carrera 8) is one of Bogotá’s most richly decorated (and one of the city’s oldest, along with Iglesia de San Francisco) and is now run by the government as a museum. Considering all the other same-era churches that can be seen for free, many visitors pass on this one, but it is a stunner. Built between 1629 and 1674, the single-nave construction features a barrel vault coated in golden fl oral motifs looking down over walls entirely covered in paintings (98 not including the closed-off loft, by our count) and statues of saints.

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