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Casa Quinta de Bolivar

The Quinta, not far from the Univeridad de los Andes in the Candelaria, is perhaps best known as Simon Bolivar's most stable residence in his adult life - he spent 423 days here, though not continuously. The elegant hillside mansion, with its well preserved gardens, European architecture and courtyards, was a gift to Bolivar from the Colombian State and he remained as the soul owner for 10 years. Over the years the Quinta changed hands and was even owned by a brewery before being bought back by the State for the purpose of creating a museum. Tours take in the key rooms, pointing out interesting antiquities such as Bolivar's bed and other objects from that era.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to La Candelaria: Museo Donación Botero, Museo Arqueológico, Claustro San Agustín, Museo de Bogotá and Museo de Arte Colonial.

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
01 Mar 2011

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