Colombia – interior of the Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá, locate in old Halite Mine

Colombia - interior of the Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá, locate in old Halite Mine

The interior of the Catedral de Sal or the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, located about 49 kilometres north of the Capital city of Bogota, at an altitude of 2652 metres above sea level on the Andes, in the department of Cundinamarca in Colombia, South America. The new Cathedral, located several hundred feet below the surface of the earth, in an old Halite salt mine, has been built about 200 feet below the older one. It was completed in 1995. Lit by LED lights which continuously change colour, the church is a popular tourist and pilgrimage destination. The mines have been excavated from pre-Colombian times by the Muisca people dating back to the 5th Century BC. Photo shows one of the Stations of the Cross; the cross has been cut into the wall of the mine connecting one mine shaft to another. It facilitates ventilation as well. Shot in horizontal format and lit entirely by the ambient light of LED illumination, the photo has been taken with the camera on a tripod, and a slow shutter speed. To the right of the photo is an old mine shaft. No people. Copy Space. © Mano Chandra Dhas

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