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Bolivar Square, Bogota

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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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  • The actual plaza is nothing special in my opinion other than a bunch of hustlers trying to get you to take pictures with them or take a picture of you and then expecting a tip afterwards. Nothing... 
    The actual plaza is nothing special in my opinion other than a bunch of hustlers trying to get you to take pictures with them or take a picture of you and then expecting a tip afterwards. Nothing...  more »
  • The square and buildings are nice. Just be careful of homeless and constant locals trying to get you to buy stuff. There are also hundreds of pigeons. 
    The square and buildings are nice. Just be careful of homeless and constant locals trying to get you to buy stuff. There are also hundreds of pigeons.  more »
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  • The main historical square and old centre Really big and unique, and the surrounding buildings tell their own tale of architecture and colonisation. Well worth a walk, but not much to do abound here. An idea would be to visit here on Sunday, to experience the atmosphere and street food, and then walk down the main street towards the flee market. For almost 2 km of closed pedestrian road you will experience all the fun and vigour or Colombia in a safe and busy way
  • This is a great city square of Bogota that actually resembles the city square in Lisbon quite a bit. The new Hall of Justice isn't open just yet, but already looks beautiful. The style actually compliments the cathedral next store while both buildings maintain their identity. With the nearby street art of La Candelaria nearby it's a no-brainer to check out!

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