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Bolivar Square, Bogota

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Must see · Historic Site · Landmark
Start your tour of historical Bogota by visiting Bolivar Square, one of the city's most iconic sights. A statue of Simon Bolivar forms the central point of the square. Erected in 1846, it represents Bogota's first public monument and commemorates the military leader who helped liberate multiple nations from Spanish rule. Historical buildings surround the plaza on all sides, including the national capitol, the house of the supreme court, the mayor's office, and the Cathedral of Bogota. Often very lively, the square makes an excellent location for people-watching, and right next to it you can find a selection of cafes and bars. Many of Bogota's top sights are just a short walk from here. Plan to visit Bolivar Square and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bogota attractions using our Bogota trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • A thriving plaza in the heart of Bogotá’s historic government district. The square is bordered by the senior cathedral in Colombia (Cathedral Primada) and archbishop’s palace, the Capitol building...  more »
  • If you like avian species, this is the place for you. Locals treat the monuments and historic buildings with disdain.  more »
  • A must go historical place in Bogotá. It's definitely not a place to have a fun time but to get to know more about the history of our country. There are museum and interest places in the streets around the square. Reading murals and badges on colony styled houses is a delight for history lovers.
  • Interesting place, full of history, options for eating, drinking and shopping. I found the best time to go are Sunday mornings as it’s quiet and the surrounding museums are free.

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