Yes, you read correctly. A Salt Cathedral…and a very psychedelic one at that!
The Salt Cathedral, about an hour outside of Bogotá in the lovely small town of Zipaquirá, is the most popular tourist destination in Colombia. People come from far and wide to visit the holy Catholic Cathedral; located 200 metres underground in a salt mine. On Sundays there can be over 3000 visitors to the site…so obviously don’t go on a Sunday as queues are always very long.
As it is so far underground, the Salt Cathedral is lit up by a range of coloured lights reflected onto various crosses, changing constantly from blue, red, green, purple etc., giving it a very psychedelic feel in my opinion. Known as the ‘Jewel of Modern Architecture’, the sheer vastness and skill that has gone into hand-carving the whole Cathedral is very impressive. Numerous times we heard distant rumblings that felt like the whole mine was caving in, until we asked and found out it was the sound of dynamite explosions in another part of the mine where salt miners were continuing to excavate.
PS: If you are visiting the Salt Cathedral, save yourself time and skip the lame film, presented by a ‘3D’ robot that they show in one of the caverns. Instead take a well-needed nap…
It is hard to describe accurately the bizarreness and yet, the beauty and tranquility of this place so I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking:
Would you visit this Salt Cathedral or do you think it is just another over-hyped tourist attraction?