Salt mine

The history of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá goes back to 1930 when in that same mine, the workers built an improvised chapel in one of the tunnels to be able to pray. But in 1992 it was closed because it was considered unsafe, which led to the inauguration of a new church in 1995 with a capacity to hold up to 10,000 faithful. The Salt Cathedral covers an area of ​​10,000 hectares and is divided into several sections. On the upper level there is a long tunnel that leads to a symbolic way of the cross. Which without human representations and with the setting of lights carved in salt, represent the life of Jesus until his death in 14 stations. On the lower level is the cathedral itself, which has 4 huge salt columns that represent the 4 evangelists (Mateo, Marcos, Lucas y Juan).

Mina de Sal

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CATHEDRAL HAS 3 SHIPS INSIDE IT?

  1. The bauster is located in the Nativity Ship and is symbolized by a waterfall of crystalline salt.
  2. The Ship of Life that houses the main altar and the largest cross carved in salt rock in the world. As well as the medallion of ‘The Creation’ work of the sculptor Carlos Enrique Rodríguez Arango.
  3. The Ship of Death and Resurrection.

FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE SALT CATHEDRAL:

  1. The cathedral is located 180 meters underground in a salt mine that has been exploited since 1801. 250,000 tons of salt were extracted during its construction.
  2. Its great dome on the upper level is 11 meters high and 8 meters in diameter. It symbolizes the union between the earth and the sky.
  3. The cross of the cathedral is 120 meters long and 22 meters high.
  4. The cathedral has a free WIFI network.
  5. You can take guided bike tours.

Finally, if you want to visit this wonderful attraction, you can take one of the daily group tours offered by Citybus. Of which only Zipaquirá or Guatavita and Zipaquirá are offered.

Mina de Sal

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