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La Candelaria is a historic neighborhood in Bogotá, where the city was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. In it is the popular Plaza de Bolívar, where some of the emblematic buildings of the city are located, such as the National Capitol, current seat of the congress; the Cathedral of Bogotá, the largest of all; and the Liévano palace, among others.
La Candelaria is also characterized as the cultural center of the capital, since the neighborhood has several universities, which means it has a young and international environment, museums, theaters and cultural centers. Among the most important ones is Botero, where the largest art collection in Latin America is exhibited. In it you can see well-known works by Botero, Picasso, Monet or Dalí. The Military Museum is also relevant to understanding part of the history of the city and its colonization.
The Candelaria neighborhood is also an important religious center, since it includes some of the most important churches in the city. When the sun goes down, the area is one of those that enjoy the greatest atmosphere. The popular rumba dance is present in many of the bars in the city, as well as in the Teatro Colón, where some of the best shows are organized.
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