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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2017 19:30    Post subject: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Hi.

Here we are with news.

Now are going to a productive mine I had no news that existed before living here.

We´ll visit the first wonder of Colombia.

Is The Great Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira (Cundinamarca, Colombia).

It is a real underground Cathedral excavated by miners in a gigantic salt mine. There are only two buildings of its kind in the world that have the quality of roman catholic church Cathedral, this in Colombia and the Krakow one in Poland.

A taxi Bogotá to Zipaquirá all day round trip has a cost between 170.000 and 200.000 COP (approximately USD 60 or 70).

It is a magnificent visit and very near of Bogotá, around 50 km.

The village of Zipaquirá is over a huge accumulation of common salt that comes from a desiccated sea. Seventy million years ago, when the eastern mountain range of the Colombian Andes was formed, this inland sea dried up and left a large salt deposit.
We get down to 180 meters of depth. Every day leave to be processed four tons of salt for the domestic consumption in the country.

Began to explode in pre-columbian times at another level above the current mine. The Muiscas Indians changed the precious salt for less useful gold to make their offerings, traded with it and became the richest of his time societies.

You go with a guide until the end of the journey. There you loose and already go out whenever you want.
Twelve times warned you not to make photos while you're with him, since the mountain quickly download the batteries of the cameras being surrounded by large amounts of sodium everywhere.
The guide says us: “You will do a hundred photographs minimum, but do to the output when yourselves are”.

I hope you enjoy.

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An orchestra man in the Carrera 7ª. This is Colombia.
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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2017 23:41    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

The Bogotá downtown.
A colorful photographs, like the country.



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PostPosted: Apr 09, 2017 03:54    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

franjungle wrote:
I hope you enjoy.
I did - thanks for those impressions from your country :-)
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PostPosted: Apr 09, 2017 15:24    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Hi Tobi.
Thanks for your words, and everybody say “like”.

I´m sorry, the last watermelon picture was taken in Medellín, not in Bogotá. But you already find the same fruit in Bogotá.



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Jiménez de Quesada Avenue in Bogotá: All the people in this sidewalk have emeralds crystals (in Colombia called “canutillos”) in their pockets. Same of the samples are really large and awesome. I could see these.
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PostPosted: Apr 09, 2017 22:38    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Other inputs of the surroundings of Carrera 7ª.


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“Rica Lechona”: Rich pork. Looks amazing but this man takes a full roast pork in his car. He parks in a perpendicular street to Carrera 7ª at height of the 18 St, and sells the roast with rice.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2017 10:30    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Hi Franjungle, is there a reason why the dealer's faces at the emerald market has been dulled or am I imagining things? (Jimenez de Quesada emeralds 1.jpg)
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2017 12:18    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Hellow Pierre.

There are two pictures directly taken of "Google Maps - Street View", in order you can see better this corner and its hustle, because my previous photos 85 and 86 are made a Sunday and there are few people.

And Street View erase the faces of people they take accidentally. Forgive the confusión.

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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2017 12:40    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

franjungle wrote:
Hellow Pierre.

There are two pictures directly taken of "Google Maps - Street View", in order you can see better this corner and its hustle, because my previous photos 85 and 86 are made a Sunday and there are few people.

And Street View erase the faces of people they take accidentally. Forgive the confusión.

Firmo.

No problem. Please just give Google Maps or other photographers credit for their photos in future. Are all the other photos yours?

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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2017 12:47    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

I apologize, I see the Google logos on the 2 photos.
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PostPosted: Apr 11, 2017 13:11    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Hi.

Thank´s Pierre, is not necessary please.

We´re off on a trip soon.
Before we go up to Monserrate Hill to explain a curiosity.

On the top of the oriental hills of Bogota D.C. there is located Monserrate's Sanctuary. It receives this name in honor to "Our Lady of Monserrat" who is in a mount near Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

The image of Our Lady of Monserrate, donated to Bogota for the Benedictine monks of Monserrat's Abbey, is a reply of the one that is venerated in that Sanctuary.



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To Monserrate Hill. Founded in 1.640. In cableway or funicular raylways....
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Or walking step by step. In Holyweek many colombians going up by the stairs.
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In the raylway to go up.
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The downtown under us.
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A “very bogotano day” and The Andes with many clouds.
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A clear day you can almost see all city of Bogotá. But the clouds are ususally protagonist in this humid hills.
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The Sanctuary.
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It began about 1.640 as a hermitage in honor of The Virgin.
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Were in renovatioin works.
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PostPosted: Apr 11, 2017 22:36    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

We continue.


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Our Lady of Monserrate in her chapel.
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On the Monserrate´s tourist market is obligatory to prove a warm natural coca tea. Is a very advisable drink to fight against height and cold.
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PostPosted: Apr 12, 2017 13:34    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

We´re currently in the Holy Week, and Monserrate has one very agreeable Via Crucis and differently from the rest that I know. This fills with people during this week.


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PostPosted: Apr 12, 2017 23:06    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

More.


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In the cableway to go down.
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PostPosted: Apr 14, 2017 13:46    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

The way forward.


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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2017 00:04    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Zipaquirá.


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Honoring to the miners of the salt.
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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2017 16:10    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Zipaquirá.


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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2017 13:44    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

“Dear visitor: Forbidden the entry of weapons”.


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“Wellcome to Zipaquirá. City of the Salt Cathedral. Fisrt Colombia´s Touristic Wonder”.
Entry recommendations. The best everything is they forbide to enter weapons, common these lands. “Dear visitor: Forbidden the entry of firearms.”
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In a bar restaurant: Don´t smoke. Don´t sell liquor to underage… And of course: No weapons.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2017 14:43    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

The map.


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The mine´s map. The stations of the Via Crucis are marked by Roman numbers. The big empty chambers of salt estimate after the stations 5, 7, 9 and 11. Of every chamber they have extracted 30.000 tons of salt.
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The entry of the tunnel to base trunks of tree and Swiss metalic arches.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2017 20:13    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

Large amounts of sodium everywhere. Then we just took the first picture at the end of the tour: The Central Ship or Ship of the Nártex.

Here is the biggest salt cross of the world which is a great mystery to recognize for an optical illusion.



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The cross of the nártex in the central ship.
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The Cross.
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PostPosted: Apr 18, 2017 13:04    Post subject: Re: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira  

The Central constructed Ship 180 meters under the salt mountain, this one supported by four immense columns that symbolize Four Evangelists, props of the christens faith.


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The amethyst central ship.
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Sculpted angel blowing horn.
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One of the columns. Sorry the moved pic by the light level.
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