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Cerro de Monserrate Santuario de los Colombianos en Bogota

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At 3,152 meters hight in top of a hill at Bogota (Colombia's capital city), lies the "Cerro de Monserrate", the main symbol of Colombia's main city, whose sanctuary has been visited by millions of people since 1640 when it was founded. Since 1657 thousands of religious people go up every year to this sanctuary, either by foot or by cable railway or funicular, in order to pray or thank God or just to take a better look at the city's landscape.

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A: Santuario de Monserrate, Bogotá Colombia

by Carlos Sueskun, 70 meters away

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B: Monserrate

by David Group, 90 meters away

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C: Santuario de Monserrate, Bogotá Colombia

by zepelin_aerofotografia, 100 meters away

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D: Cerro de Monserrate en Bogota Virgen Morena de Monserrat

by Astrolabio Colombia, 110 meters away

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E: Cerro de Monserrate en Bogota

by Astrolabio Colombia, 110 meters away

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G: nave of the basilica of Monserrate in bogota

by jose-ignacio-teran, 130 meters away

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H: basilica-of-monserrate-sanctuary-of-bogota

by jose-ignacio-teran, 140 meters away

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I: Cerro de Monserrate en Bogota Restaurante Casa Santa Clara

by Astrolabio Colombia, 150 meters away

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J: chapel-of-penance-of-monserrate-sanctuary-of-bogota

by jose-ignacio-teran, 150 meters away

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