Why visiting Monserrate?
Monserrate has been always one of the most important attractions in Bogotá, unfortunately some people don’t visit this amazing place because of different reasons.
Today we will show you some reasons why you must visit Monserrate when you come to Bogotá but first some history:
The historical beginning of Monserrate can be considered around 1620 to 1630, when the Cofradia de la Vera Cruz began using the Monserrate’s hill top, then known as the Snow hill top for religious celebration. As time passed, many devotee residents of Bogota began participating in the climb to the hill top, it wasn’t until 1650 that four gentlemen met with the Archbishop as well as Juan de Borga, the head of the Tribunal of Santa fe in order to secure permission to build a small religious retreat on the mountain top. The founders of the retreat. The founders decided to establish the hermitage retreat in the name of Monserrat’s brunette Virgin whose sanctuary was located in Catalonia, near Barcelona, giving the entire mountain the name Monserrate. Some people believe Montserrat was chosen to be the patron saint, due to one of the founders, Pedro Solis having an uncle whom had previously served as abbot in the Montserrat sanctuary.
To get to Monserrate’s hill top you have 3 options: funicular, cable car or if you like hiking, the pedestrian trail.
The funicular was built in 1926, and was completed in 1928. It was officially opened on August 18th, 1929. Since then, it has slowly made its way up Monserrate hill allowing one on its journey to admire the beautiful Andean scenery that serves as a tapestry, accompanied by the soothing sound of birds which gives the visitors a sense of calm and interaction with nature.
On the other hand is the cable car whose construction began on August 13th, 1953 and was inaugurated on September 27th, 1955, which with its large windows on all sides offers a breathtaking view of the hill that contrasts with the beautiful panoramic views of the city. While passing slowly over the crown of the tall and dense trees and vegetation, one gets a feeling of contact between the earth and the sky.
Finally, the pedestrian trail, one of the oldest trails in Bogotá because people used it to get to the top before the cable car and funicular as history tells. With 1034 steps is one of the most physically demanding trails in Bogota due to its altitude and steepness turning it into a good challenge for a pilgrim.
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On the top you will find a beautiful sight of Bogotá and the Guadalupe hill as well. About the sanctuary we can tell you that in 1656 Father Rojas who had been assigned with the management of the sanctuary ordered a carving of a crucifix and a statue of Jesus Christ after being taken off the cross, earning the name of ” El Señor caído.” Originally, this sculpture was placed inside a small chapel dedicated to the adoration of Christ instead of being placed inside the religious retreat itself. As time passed, more and more people began visiting the sanctuary in order to see the statue of Jesus, rather than the matron saint of Monserrat. By the 19th century, the “El Señor Caido” Statue had gained so much attention, that the Sculpture to the Virgin of Montserrat was removed as the center piece of the sanctuary and replaced with “El Señor Caido” however, the mountain has retained the name Monserrate to this day. Ever since then, for more than four centuries, pilgrims and citizens have hiked the mountain to offer their prayers to the sanctuary of “El Señor Caido”.
But not everything is religion there, because there are 2 restaurants known as: Santa clara (an old house located in Usaquén brought brick by brick in 1979) specialized in Bogotanian typical food. And the other one is Casa San Isidro: a stylized restaurant with a wonderful decoration and a French – Mediterranean menu.
For its beautiful landscapes, delicious dishes, peacefulness, contact with nature and many more reasons you must not miss your visit to Monserrate remembering that only with us you can get special discounts in tickets and preferential lines.
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