The Bolívar Square (Spanish: Plaza de Bolívar or Plaza Bolívar) is the main square of the Colombian capital Bogotá. The square, previously called Plaza Mayor until 1821 and Plaza de la Constitución, is located in the heart of the historical area of the city and hosts a statue of Simón Bolívar, sculpted in 1846 by the Italian Pietro Tenerani, which was the first public monument in the city.
The history of Bolívar Square dates back to the pre-Columbian era, when the site was part of the Muisca Confederation. The first building on the square, a primitive cathedral, was constructed in 1539, a year after the foundation of the Colombian capital. During the Spanish colonial period, Bolívar Square was the stage for circus acts, public markets and bullfights. The square is surrounded by historical buildings; the Palace of Justice is located on the northern edge and the National Capitol borders the square in the south. The Primary Cathedral of Bogotá, next to the Archiepiscopal Palace with the monumental door cast by Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry and the Liévano Palace, seat of the mayor of Bogotá, are situated on the eastern and western side respectively.
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Kiki Badru | Feb 17, 2018
Loved it! Nice square to just hang out, take pictures, feed the birds if you want. There were lots of side activities going on like a singer, dancer, mime etc. Also worth noting is I also felt safe as there were cops all around the square so no need to be worried about safety. It was hard getting a cab from there though. Had to walk past the square to find one. It's location is central so you can include a trip to the gold museum and a few other spots together in one.
David Diaz | Feb 12, 2018
Good place to start when planing your visit to Bogotá. Most historic and/or important building are walking distance from here. Tons of pigeons and therefor pigeon poop everywhere. Locals are selling seeds to feed them so I see why so many pigeons hang around.
Sui Chen | Feb 23, 2018
You will love this majestic plaza from its beautiful architectures, there are different buildings facing each direction. You can find many street artists and it is very safe here to walk around.
Diana Cruz | Dec 11, 2017
Nice historical place surrounded by a lot of very important and cultural buildings, it has a great amount of pigeons and usually there is some kind of cultural activity. Polices are everywhere and are very kind and helpful for directions. Be careful of the sellers, they tend yo get overwhelming.
Aaron Miller | Dec 31, 2017
Historical main plaza of Bogota with historical government buildings and cathedral. After exploring the plaza, make your way into the district of La Candelaria. This is the old city with many small streets with shops, hostels/hotels, cafes and restaurants. The building colors and street art were pretty cool.
Ariel Yahni | Mar 16, 2018
This is a must go place in Bogota with the kids. You will find hundreds of Pigeons/Doves that are just waiting there to play with you. There are a few people selling bags with uncooked corn that you will use to attract this birds they'll be all over you. Very fun time specially for kids. Beware of people selling pictures of you and your family
Alex Zander | Mar 19, 2018
Nice plaza with a lot of street venders on the weekends which makes it really authentic. Fairly clean but I missed some green spots to be honest.
Mauricio Torrenegra | Apr 27, 2018
It's a place with a lot of history and really nice government buildings. But there are tons of street vendors which take away its charm. You get to the point that you just was to leave.
Rai Pad | Apr 5, 2018
The sprawling Bolivar Square frequented by tourists has attractions like Colonial style Primary Cathedral, modern Palace of Justice, The National Capitol (which houses the Congress). Plaza de Bolivar is said to be a symbol of independence. & Simon Bolivar's, (El Liberator ) statue is in the centre. The place surrounding this square is vibrant with music, festivity & celebration! Taxis ply everywhere. But a word of caution: got cheated by local taxi wala. Take Uber - dependable . A memorable visit though every important location couldn't be covered. A place where I found people enjoying life & entertaining others as well.
Fabio Nunes | Jun 5, 2018
Nice place to chill. It's right on the city center and it is a good spot to start a tour around Bogota. There are plenty restaurants around and it is also close to Monserrate, one of most visited places in the city. Bad thing is there are really A LOT of pigeons so if you don't like them stay away from this place.
Kevin Weldon | May 25, 2018
Wide open space and wasn't harassed by street vendors. It's a pretty remarkable place and a must see. A lot of history here. The buildings in the square are large and impressive and the area is pretty clean and free of garbage.
Kevin Castillo | Jul 7, 2018
Awesome place... Beautiful views, people can jogging, it has very nice places to have picnics and have a different day. I visited it during the week and it was empty and a quiet... Locals told me that on weekends it was very crowded so if you do as I did you are going to have a great day.
Nathan Rollins | Jul 6, 2018
This is a really beautiful and historic place to visit if you're in Bogotá. As a 6 ft tall blonde Gringo I did not feel uncomfortable unsafe or otherwise awkward. The plaza is clean, the people are friendly, the vendors are not overbearing. The place has a very fun atmosphere and is adjacent to a strip of shops and restaurants and street performers that is blocked off to motor vehicle traffic. The only reason I give it 4 stars and not 5 is because if you're there for the historical element there's not a whole lot available to you for learning about the history if you are just walking around. Surely there are guides if you wanted to hire someone to teach you. But I would have expected and liked to see more signage explaining things.
Rafael Serrano | Jul 4, 2018
Beautiful Plaza. Nice architecture and great views of the hills around it on clear days. Very crowded, even during rainy days.
Lena Chepel | Aug 11, 2018
Beautiful! Full of history and architecture. Recommend to go ONLY with small bags. No backpack if possible
GUILLERMO PEREZ | Jul 31, 2018
It's a must if you are visiting bogota. Not super clean but definitely safe. Take a $2 picture with the pigeons for prosperity.
Janak Shah | Jul 25, 2018
Great architecture and amazing buildings, but nothing else other than that. Was expecting nice cafes and spaces to sit outside, relax and watch the world go by with a coffee or drink, but there’s nothing like that.
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