Wherever you end up overseas it seems almost inevitable there’s going to be a grand church, temple or cathedral somewhere along the tourism trail that is a “must see”. The first time you have this experience, you get an instant appreciation of divine times that have past and then, if you’re anything like us, boredom ensues. The grandeur continues to impress but there’s a certain degree of monotony from site to site. This however, was not the case when we visited Colombia’s Caterdral de Sal de Zipaquira (The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira). Here, to get closer to the higher powers we ventured 200m underground through an old salt mine that was partially converted in to a cathedral in the early 1950’s. It was temporarily closed in the early 1990’s for some pretty spectacular renovations and remains untouched since. Although it is not officially recognised by the Catholic church (it has no Bishop), it still holds a weekly Sunday service that draws a crowd upwards of 3,000.
Just around the corner lies another smaller retired salt mine that has recently been converted to a place of worship also and is now popular for weddings and parties amongst Bogota’s elite. Whilst much, much smaller and less popular amongst the tourists, the tunnels were equally as spectacular.
A space that felt particularly like being on the set of an Indiana Jones film. In fact, the whole place felt like an Indiana Jones movie.