A Visit to Monserrate in Bogota

No trip to Bogota is complete without a trip to Monserrate. A homonym for Monserrat, “mountain” in Catalan, Monserrate is visible from all over the city of Bogota and from its peak one can gaze back down on Colombia’s capital.

IMG_3407Monserrate can be climbed either on foot, in a funicular or via cable railway. The climb takes about 2 hours and by all accounts it’s not an easy one, but it is the popular choice for religious pilgrims to the mountain. Pilgrims enter the church after walking past the Stations of the Cross. Some especially devout pilgrims crawl the last bit on hands and knees, prostrate as they enter the church with a shrine to El Señor Caido, the Fallen Lord.

DSCF0319While the church is a place where Colombians and other South American Catholics go in search of a miracle it is considered bad luck to visit as a couple.

DSCF0367One of my favorite parts of visiting Monserrate was admiring the colorful garden surrounding the Stations of the Cross. We arrived after a short rain and the water droplets were clinging to the flowers in a rather beautiful way.

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