Colombia -The Catedral de Sal, Zipaquirá

Colombia -The Catedral de Sal, Zipaquirá

Zipaquira, Colombia – The interior of the Catedral de Sal, or the Salt Cathedral in 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, 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 going back to the 5th Century BC. Photo taken from near the altar and shows the main (barrel) vault that forms the actual church, and the pews. There are a couple of people seated to the rear of the church. At the far end, above the arch, is the choir loft. The photo in horizontal format, has been taken with the camera on a tripod and a slow shutter speed. © Mano Chandra Dhas

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