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Bogotá is a large high-altitude city and the capital of Colombia. In the Candelaria (cobbled center of the city) there are monuments of the colonial era such as the Teatro Colón, neoclassical style, and the church of San Francisco, dating from the seventeenth century. Bogota also houses popular museums, such as the Botero Museum, which organizes exhibitions of Fernando Botero's works, and the Gold Museum, which displays pre-Columbian gold pieces.
Surface: 1,775 km²
Elevation: 2,640 m
Time: 16 ° C, SE wind at 18 km / h, humidity of 51%
Population: 8,081 million (2017)
The square of El Chorro de Quevedo is a public place in Bogotá. In this place he established his military garrison Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, before founding the city in this same place in 1538. It is located on 13 street with Carrera 2, in the historic center of the city. It is framed by colonial buildings and early twentieth century.
According to the chroniclers, the site occupied by the Chorro de Quevedo was from where the Zipa Muisca observed the entire savannah of Bogotá.
In 1832 the place was acquired by the Augustinian father Quevedo, who installed a public water fountain.
Bogotá is characterized for being a dynamic, changing and always modern city, however, between so much cement it is still possible to find pieces of the capital of yesteryear that one must know. Of these, one of the most famous is the Chorro de Quevedo, a point that quite easily represents the spirit of the La Candaleria neighborhood, attractive for its cultural and culinary scene.
But the charm of the Chorro lies in its history. That small cobbled square is what gave birth to Bogotá, because although there are no documents to prove it, historians say that it was there where Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, tired of traveling from Santa Marta and after battling against the Muisca, decided to found a city.
It must be clarified that El Chorro was important before the capital took its official name. The books tell that Jiménez and company made the election for the excellent view and strategic advantage offered by the esplanade where it is located. After all it was from there that the zipas, previous rulers of the territory, rested, observed and controlled the entire savannah.
478 years have passed and this place has been completely transformed. Its current name is taken from the public fountain built in 1832 by Father Agustín Quevedo, which was destroyed 30 years later with the fall of one of the walls. Later, in 1969, El Chorro returned with the reconstruction of the square, which was based on images and old models.
With a new face, the plaza went from being a small town in the middle of a hill Bogota to a cultural point recommended even in the guides for travelers. Here the offer is as multicultural as the city, for while some enjoy the group that sings Más, by Robi Draco, on the corner, the others are attracted by the stories of the storytellers and the exploits of the circuses who stop every afternoon in search of applause and coins.
Rockers, rappers, foreigners, students and pedestrians from all over and strata of the capital fill the nooks and crannies of El Chorro in search of the ideal restaurant or bar, most of them refugees in old houses. Although rumba is forbidden, you can enjoy all types of music and eat from the most gourmet dish on the Gato Gris menu, to the most loaded arepa on the corner of the Callejón del Embudo, through which you enter the square.
To get there you have to forget about the addresses, because here the streets, adorned with graffiti that recall the indigenous past of Colombia, forget the numbers and take their own name. Such is the case of Callejón de las Brujas, which, says Camilo Dueñas, was baptized in this way by the ladies of La Candelaria who used to sit and gossip every Sunday.
Dueñas, who has worked in different shops and restaurants in La Candelaria for 12 years, is according to the inhabitants of the neighborhood, the person to go to if you want to learn more about the stories that happen around El Chorro and its alleys, In the end, he says he is writing a book about it.
. The stories and anecdotes come together at the Chorro de Quevedo in the La Candelaria neighborhood.
. Storytellers from different sectors of the city, weave stories to captivate the audience.
. This space is a good opportunity to get away from the routine and let you infect with the laughter and creativity of these professionals of the word.
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