What to see in Villa de Leyva?
Historic centre of Villa de Leyva
Although very traditional, Villa de Leyva has developed its offer of boutique hotels, art galleries, gastronomic restaurants, and local craft shops to satisfy the growing number of visitors.
Take advantage of the famous Plaza Mayor, where the cathedral, a small 17th-century building, and the house of Juan Castellanos are located, then continue on to the Plazoleta del Carmen, the Antonio Ricaurte Park, and the Plazoleta Antonio Nariño.
Moniquira Archaeological Park, El infiernito
This ancient astronomical center allows to understand the knowledge and rituals of the Muiscas civilization.
Casa Terra Cota
This house is a work created by a Colombian architect. It is the largest terracotta piece in the world. The decoration is absolutely masterful
Convent Santo Ecce Homo
This Dominican monastery offers a resourcing setting thanks to a flowered patio and beautiful columned arcades.
Inside, a small museum retraces the colonial history and the process of evangelization of the Indians by the Spaniards.
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
In the colonial village of Zipaquira, there is a quite extraordinary cathedral: it is dug in a salt mine! This architectural feat attracts ecotourists, Catholics and geology enthusiasts.
Among the important elements of this site are:
The Way of the Cross, a gallery leading to the dome in which various altars are carved.
The Dome, with its huge cross carved in bas-relief.
From here one can descend to the balconies over the rooms, the choir and the stairs of the Narthex labyrinth.
The Cathedral’s naves, decorated with sculptures and flanked by imposing columns.
Namely: the church that is currently being visited is a replica of the original cathedral.
Pottery village of Raquira
At 30 minutes from Villa de Leyva, the village of Raquira with its colourful walls thrives.
The traditions of pre-Columbian civilizations have crossed the centuries to present you the most beautiful pieces of craftsmanship, including beautiful pottery.
Note: A colourful market is held in the centre of the village every Sunday.