GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Villa de Leyva is a Colombian town northeast of Bogotá. It is known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and vast Plaza Mayor. On that square are the early 17th-century Our Lady of the Rosary church and the House of the First Congress of the United Provinces, where new laws were drafted after independence in 1812. Southwest of the plaza is the Antonio Nariño House Museum, where this war hero died.

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HOTEL VILLA DE LOS SAENZ

Hospederia Villa de los Sáenz.

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IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SENORA DEL ROSARIO

The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario was erected in the first half of the 17th century, and is the symbol of Villa de Leyva. It has a rich stone structure painted white, and its altars, paintings and images are in baroque style.

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MONASTERIO DE LA CANDELARIA

The Monastery of the Candelaria was built in 1661 by friars of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. The convent preserves in its interior an important collection of colonial art, gardens, corridors with semicircular arches supported by columns in stone. On the first floor you can see a small museum of antiques and oil paintings, and its church contains a gallery of portraits and paintings by different artists from the colonial period, such as Gregorio Vásquez de Arce and Cevallos.

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HISTORICAL CENTER

The historic center has stone streets in any direction with several churches, convents and monasteries with white walls built in colonial styles.

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PLAZA MAYOR

Plaza Mayor is one of the largest town squares. It is paved with massive cobblestones and surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a charmingly simple parish church.

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RICAURTE PARK

Ricaurte Park.

HOTEL VILLA DE LOS SAENZ

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Hospederia Villa de los Sáenz.

IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SENORA DEL ROSARIO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Iglesia-de-Nuestra-Se§ora-del-Rosario---10670 COVER

The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario was erected in the first half of the 17th century, and is the symbol of Villa de Leyva. It has a rich stone structure painted white, and its altars, paintings and images are in baroque style.

MONASTERIO DE LA CANDELARIA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Monasterio-de-la-Candelaria---11408 COVER

The Monastery of the Candelaria was built in 1661 by friars of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. The convent preserves in its interior an important collection of colonial art, gardens, corridors with semicircular arches supported by columns in stone. On the first floor you can see a small museum of antiques and oil paintings, and its church contains a gallery of portraits and paintings by different artists from the colonial period, such as Gregorio Vásquez de Arce and Cevallos.

HISTORICAL CENTER

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Other-photos-Historical-Center---3079 COVER

The historic center has stone streets in any direction with several churches, convents and monasteries with white walls built in colonial styles.

PLAZA MAYOR

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Plaza-Mayor---1946 COVER

Plaza Mayor is one of the largest town squares. It is paved with massive cobblestones and surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a charmingly simple parish church.

RICAURTE PARK

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Ricaurte-Park---3397 COVER

Ricaurte Park.

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