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The Churches of Villa de Leyva - Historical Building Villa de Leyva - Colombia

The Catedral, on the Plaza Mayor, dates from 1604-1665, and reconstructed after an earthquake in 1845. A few blocks away, Carrera 10 and Calle 14, is the relatively new Iglesia del Carmen (1836-1845), with a stunning side chapel. Another colonial-era iglesia is that of the Carmelitas, built in 1642.

A few of Villa de Leyva’s religious temples have taken on new life. The claustro of San Agustín is now the Asociación Humboldt, an environmental studies research center (Carrera 8, between Calles 13 and 14, Tel.: 8-732-0174). Peek through the door cracks to see ruins of Iglesia de San Francisco (1613); plans are to restore it (Calle 9 and Carrera 8).

Villa de Leyva , Colombia

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The Catholic churches of Villa de Leyva are open only during mass hours. To visit Asociación Humboldt and see the cloisters of San Agustín, phone first.

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Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring water, hat, sunblock, camera.

The museums and colonial houses in Villa de Leyva; Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo, El Infiernito and other sights along the road to Santa Sofía; Ráquira and the monastery at La Candelaria; the waterfalls, caves and other natural sights past Santa Sofía and towards Gachantivá.

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Here are other activities in and around Villa de Leyva that may be of interest: Casas Coloniales of Villa de Leyva and Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo.

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