Colombia: faith and devotion
Colombia is a country with more than 500 years of Catholic religious tradition. As a legacy of this history, it has a rich architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, associated with religion.
Located in the extreme northwest of South America, it is a country of exuberant nature, of incredible diversity and is the only one of the continent with coasts on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Its varied geography, its history full of mysteries, its people and cultures, make it a fascinating destination that offers multiple experiences to those who visit it.
Preparing to visit a Devout Colombia we will find numerous sanctuaries in which miraculous images are venerated, majestic churches, works of religious art and varied and imposing expressions of faith.
BASILICA SANTUARIO DEL SEÑOR CAIDO DE MONSERRATE
Monserrate is one of the main pilgrimage sanctuaries in Colombia. It is located on one of the tutelary hills of Bogotá at 3152 m.s. from where you can see much of the city. It houses the image of the fallen Lord, a sixteenth-century carving, to whom they attribute an infinity of miracles. Its sanctuary has been visited by millions of pilgrims since its foundation in 1640. Masses are held daily from early in the morning and at noon. Sundays and guard parties increase the frequency.
Besides tasting the typical Colombian and international cuisine, you can enjoy an impressive view of the city.
THE SANCTUARY OF THE DIVINE CHILD IN BOGOTÁ
Is perhaps the busiest pilgrimage site in Colombia. Crowds of worshipers arrive daily, especially on special days of celebration when it is even difficult to walk around. The Sanctuary was finished in 1937 and consecrated to the Divine Child in July 1942. It is the home of the Miraculous Image of the Divine Child that was carved based on that of the Child God of Prague at the request of the Italian Priest Juan del Rizzo.
El Divino Niño is the most recognized religious image with the greatest devotees in Colombia. In its name temples have been born in the cities of Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Florencia, Ibagué and Tunja and even in other countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Bogotá also has an interesting Museum of Colonial Art that exhibits splendid works of religious art.
SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRA
Zipaquirá is a town 50 km away from Bogotá where the impressive Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is located, which has been declared the First Wonder of Colombia. This original Sanctuary recalls the Way of the Cross and is one of the most famous and visited tourist attractions in the country.
The most amazing thing about this place is the architectural ingenuity to create in a former salt mine, exploited since the time of the conquest, a solemn and majestic temple of 8,500 square meters under the surface of the earth. On its route stand the Viacrucis, the Dome and the huge 16-meter cross sculpted in the central nave.
The Salt Cathedral is part of a large theme park called "El Parque de la Sal", a 10-hectare complex located between the Salinas mountains of Zipaquirá, which also houses the Plaza del Minero, the Saline Museum, shops, cafes and ecological routes through nature trails.
BASILICA NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL ROSARIO DE CHIQUINQUIRÁ
The municipality of Chiquinquirá has been called "Religious Capital of Colombia" and also "Marian City" for its great devotion to the Virgin Mary.
Chiquinquirá has an imposing Neoclassical, Doric and Baroque-style basilica whose construction began in 1796. It stands out for its impressive sandstone facade and inside it is a beautiful picture of the Virgen del Rosario that was once abandoned and once recovered by a devotee of the place it was miraculously restored on December 26, 1586.
This well-known Sanctuary is visited by pilgrims from the country and abroad due to the numerous miracles attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary also known as the Virgin of Chiquinquirá.
SANCTUARY OF THE LORD OF THE MIRACLES OF BUGA
Buga, founded in 1555 is 73 km from the city of Cali. It is the most representative city of religious tourism in Colombia because it is the home of the Basilica of the Lord of Miracles. For the conservation of its colonial and religious architecture it has been declared a National Monument. This Sanctuary resides in an imposing temple that was named with the title of Basilica in 1937 by Pope Pius XI due to the numerous miracles and the volume of pilgrims who visit it. About 2 million pilgrims attend annually with mysticism and faith to implore for their physical and spiritual needs. The Basilica was founded on August 2, 1907 and houses the moving image of the Most Holy Redeemer of 2.5 meters. of height in cast iron that is between two beautiful towers. The history of this image and its miracles is deeply moving and inspiring.
CHURCH CATHEDRAL OF PASTO OR TEMPLE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Inaugurated in 1928, it was erected Episcopal see of Pasto on August 5, 1920 and is the sacred home of the Blessed Sacrament.
CONCATEDRAL CHURCH OF SAN JUAN BAUTISTA
It is considered one of the architectural colonial jewels for being the first parish of Pasto. This beautiful church is recognized as the sacred home of San Juan Bautista.
CHURCH OF CHRIST REY
With a dominant image of Cristo Rey at 36 meters. high in its facade, invites its parishioners to tour the magnificent interior of the temple.
By: Andrea Cuello Navarro.