Candelaria Colombia



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Description: This tiny hamlet set amid arid hills, 7km beyond Ráquira, is noted for the Monasterio de La Candelaria. The monastery was founded in 1597 by...

This tiny hamlet set amid arid hills, 7km beyond Ráquira, is noted for the Monasterio de La Candelaria. The monastery was founded in 1597 by Augustine monks and completed about 1660. Part of it is open to the public. Monks show you through the chapel (note the 16th-century painting of the Virgen de la Candelaria over the altar), a small museum, a stunning courtyard flanked by the cloister with a collection of 17th-century canvases, and the cave where the monks originally lived. Some of the artworks were allegedly painted by Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos and the Figueroa brothers.

A round-trip taxi from Villa de Leyva to Ráquira and La Candelaria can be arranged for around COP$90,000 to COP$100,000 (up to four people), allowing some time in both villages.

Another option is to walk along the path from Ráquira (one hour). The path begins in Ráquira 's main plaza, winds up a hill to a small shrine at the top and then drops down and joins the road to La Candelaria.




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