Visiting La Candelaria
Welcome back. today we’ll talk about La Candelaria – zona C and what you will find when you get there; but first let us tell you about its history. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed writing it.
La Candelaria is the name commonly given to the historic center of the city, declared a national monument in 1963. It is the group of old districts or parishes of La Catedral, Egipto, and La Concordia, which grew around churches of the Roman Catholic tradition. The cult of the image of Our Lady of La Candelaria, located at the church which bears her name, was so strong that with time it changed the name of the old La Catedral neighbourhood to La Candelaria.
La Candelaria is located to the east of Plaza de Bolívar and since 16th century, when the first buildings were built there, it has been a political, religious and administrative center. Its steeps streets still keep the names used during the centuries of colonial rule. The streets of the old Santafé now part of the city’s center, are characterized by their old, Spanish-style mansions, with heavy outer and inner doors, large halls called Zaguanes, spacious rooms, patios, thick walls, and facades with various styles of balconies and ironwork in doors and windows.
The cooking is preserved in old restaurants such as La Puerta Falsa, which sells the sweetmeats and dishes of old Santafé. The buildings are today houses, schools, universities, and luxury hotels such as Hotel de La Opera, antique shops, cafés and restaurants, government offices, classic and experimental theaters, museums, libraries, cultural centers, and civic organizations.
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