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On the second floor the exposition begins, the Main Room is called People and Gold in prehispanic Colombia.
Feeling a little adventurous?! You can actually get married in the Salt Cathedral. It would make for quite the elopement story!
Built into the old tunnels of the salt mine, this unique church sits around 200 meters underground. Originally the church was carved out by the salt mine workers who would spend nearly every hour of the day in these dark tunnels. The church was built to protect them and allow them to pray during their dangerous daily work.
Over the years, the Salt Cathedral began to attract the attention of people outside the mines. It became a popular pilgrimage site and a place where families from Bogota would gather on the weekends. In 1995 a new Cathedral was opened that would accommodate the growing crowds.
Salt deposits in Zipaquirá were formed 250 million years ago, and were raised above sea level during the late Tertiary period, when the Andes were formed
The Salt Cathedral is considered one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture.[3] Also it has been denominated as "Jewel of Modern Architecture".[4] The cathedral represents for the Colombian people a valuable cultural, environmental and religious patrimony.[5]  The cathedral is part of a larger complex including "Parque de la Sal" (Salt Park),and a Museum of mining, mineralogy, Geology and natural resources.
The complex is located in Zipaquira, town of Cundinamarca Department (49 km north of Bogota), at 2.652 m Altitude. The travel can be done by train from Bogota, in the Tren Turistico De La Sabana (Savanna tourist train). The town is recognized, not only for the Cathedral, but for being near one of the oldest human settlements in the Americas, El Abra archaeological place
Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral) in Zipaquirá, about 50 kilometers north of Bogota, is an underground church built in a tunnel deep inside a salt mine.
The main nave included the monumental cross, which was illuminated from the base up, projecting a large cross-shaped shadow in the ceiling. The right nave included the Stations of the Cross icons and the Rosary chapel, with the Virgin of Rosary Icon (sculpted by Daniel Rodriguez Moreno and later transported to the new cathedral). The left nave included the icons of the birth of Jesus and the baptism of Jesus, with a waterfall symbolising the Jordan River.
The Industrial Investment Institute, together with Salinas Concession and the Colombian Society of Architects opened a contest for the design of the new cathedral, the winner of which was the project presented by Roswell Garavito Pearl[15] which included structural changes in the access tunnel and the dome.  In 1991 the construction of a new Cathedral was undertaken, 200 feet under the older one. This new Cathedral was inaugurated in 1995. Its various corridors and sanctuaries were achieved by making small but significant additions to the caves left behind by previous mining operations.
It was built in an area abandoned by salt mining, everything you see here is salt. If you go to this underground church you get past 14 small chapels which represent the sufferings of Christ. The shrine at the bottom has three sections wich represent, the birth, life and death of Jesus.
The Salt Theme park covers an area of 32 hectares. The visitors can observe pieces of art, depictions of the mining process, geology displays, educational exhibitions about environmental friendly mining and sustainable development
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Located an hour or so north of the capitol city of Bogota, the Parque de la Sal is a huge tourist attraction for both locals and international visitors. The Parque de la Sal attracts thousands of visitors every week with weekends becoming especially busy. The park is home to a number of attracts but the one most people come for is the world famous Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.
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