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Iglesia de Santa Bárbara - Historical Building Tunja - Colombia

Iglesia Santa Bárbara is perhaps the most unusual of Tunja's churches. Upon entering the atrium, to the right is a room full of niche tombs. Steps then lead from the atrium down into the nave. The color scheme of the sanctuary is impressive: the walls are dark blue-gray accented with gilt-wood orchid flowers. Up to the transept chapel arches, the designs are simpler; this part was restored after a 1927 earthquake. Beyond, one notices the richness, the intricacy of the wall treatment, done in silver and gold paint. The ceiling is intertwined with flowering-vine murals. The apse arch is bright gold leaf with basket-weave pilasters and capitals, persons burning in hell, then the vegetative motif. The apse itself is red and gold. In the left transept chapel is the treasure of this temple: red silk vestments embroidered in gold and silver thread by Juana la Loca, mother of Emperor Charles V. More original murals survive in the right chapel.

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Carrera 11, between Calles 16 and 17


Tunja, Colombia

Historical Building

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Here are other activities in and around Tunja that may be of interest: The Churches of Tunja , Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón and Puente de Boyacá.








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