Two blocks from the park Caldas find the Church of San Francisco, one of the most important temples in Colombia known for its neogranadino baroque style. It has one of the largest bells in gold molten bronze of America, with approximately 50 kilos of weight. Another attraction are the mummified corpses of the Franciscans who lived in this temple and monastery. It also has ten side altars with whole shapes on the walls, where pictures parading in the Holy Thursday procession, among which is the Lord of the Coronation, the Santo Cristo de Veracruz is located, (they say that this cross has a sliver of the original cross of Christ), the Lord of the Scourge, polychrome wooden carving of Pisa, Itali; La Dolorosa and San Juan Bautista of Spanish origin. It has a gold monstrance adorned with emeralds, diamonds, rubies and pearls. The first church was built in the sixteenth century and destroyed in the earthquake of 1736. The church was designed by the Spanish architect Antonio Garcia on July 12, 1787, but still had not been completed. The facade was completed in 1788 by Roque Navarrete who finished stone structures in San Francisco de Asis and Santo Domingo, located on either side of the church. In 1983 it was again destroyed by the earthquake and its reconstruction had the cooperation of the Spanish government. The Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbon y Grecia, visited and restored the August 8, 1998 in his trip to Popayan, Declared Colombian National Monument in 1996. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- San Francisco Church
It is located in the historic center of Popayan. The site where the Pantheon is, was occupied until age 20 for a story mansion, built before 1736, which was acquired in the late eighteenth century to set up a school there. 1926 the department bought the land to build a building for the Departmental Assembly, with the idea of devoting such construction to save the remains of the heroes of independence born of Popayan. This neoclassical building has Doric columns and two-story facade. Down the hall is the burial site, occupied for twelve white marble urns containing the remains of some patriots of independence and presidents. They include Camilo Torres, José María Obando, Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera, Jose Hilario Lopez, Francisco Jose de Caldas. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- Pantheon of Heroes
The Church of La Ermita is the oldest in Popayán. Construction began in the early 17th century and the church is known for its high altar topped by a double-headed eagle, heraldic symbol of the Habsburgs. The main nave and the sacristy feature religious imagery from Quito, Spain, and Italy. The church was damaged during the 1983 earthquake, but has been completely restored. The principal attraction of this church is the street because its road is made of stones, like old roads in Popayán. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- La Ermita Chapel
Originally it was a straw hut, but in 1609 it was opened a second cathedral of mud and masonry. The current construction was consecrated in 1906 by Archbishop Manuel Antonio Arboleda, who brings it a magnificent European pipe organ. Its style is the neoclassical, and much of the building was restored because of the earthquake of 1983. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Assumption stands out from the other churches of Popayán in terms of architectural style. It was originally constructed in adobe, but was destroyed in 1566. It now has a neoclassical facade, and the interior is decorated in French style with a 131-foot-high dome.It was Sebastián de Belalcazar who brought a religious called Fray Bernabé Hernando de Granada, he offered the first mass service in the Cathedral. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina. HORARIOS DE ACTIVIDADES • Jueves07:00 a 18:00 • viernes07:00 a 18:00 • sábado07:00 a 18:00 • domingo08:00 a 13:30 • lunes07:00 a 18:00 • martes07:00 a 18:00 • miércoles07:00 a 18:00
- Cathedral Basilica of our lady of the assumption
It is the main archaeological site of Popayán. It consists of a truncated pyramid built in prehistoric times, approximately between 500 and 1600 A.C., a period known as late chiefdom societies. In 1937 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the city, a monument was opened in 1937 at the top of the hill in honor of the founder of the city, Sebastián de Belalcázar, with an equestrian statue made by the Spanish artist Victorio Macho. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- El Morro de Tulcán
Payanés Corner is a miniature replica of Popayán. Also called Pueblito Patojo is located next to El Morro de Belalcazar, in La Pamba neighborhood, it features tiny replicas of the most disctinctive monuments of the capital of Cauca including the Humilladero Bridge, a 5.40 meters Clock Tower, the Chapel of La Ermita, and the Small Bridge. Traditional regional dishes are offered, and handicrafts and books are for sale in the 12 stores where craft artisans exhibit their art. In the center of the 390 square meters site there is a beautiful font made of stone and there's even a scenario for performers built in the former pool of the municipality. Pueblito Patojo is a great place to have a sunny day walk. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- Payanés Corner
A good place to take in a panorama of Popayán is the chapel of Bethlehem, located on a hill of the same name. It was built in 1681 and can be accessed by walking up a path of cobblestone stairs adorned with sculptures alluding to the Passion of Christ. The shrine is dedicated to Saint Ecce Homo and features traditional Spanish colonial chairs. Juan Antonio de Velasco bought several lands on the hill where the chapel was built. It's construction began in 1681 and after it was fully terminated, an sculpture of the Virgin Mary wearing a black hat which also wears during Christmas celebrations. Miguel Aguilón build one of the most interesting monuments: The cross of Bethlehem in 1789. It has inscriptions in ancient spanish carved on the four sides of its base, in them, the people of the city begs for divine favors against the enemies of the city. In 1885 an earthquake destroyed the monument and it was restored under the direction of Adolfo Dueñas. In 1983 was affected by an earthquake again but it was repaired in the upcoming years. Juan Antonio de Velasco, brought the Ecce Homo statue from Pasto, sculpted by artist José Morales. Santo Ecce Homo is honored every year on May 1st, men carry the statue on a procession from San Francisco church all the way up to Bethlehem Sanctuary. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina
- Bethlehem chapel
A block away from Caldas park the magestic Guillermo Valencia theater is located. Ita was opened on December 22nd 1927 featuring El Trobador de Verdi performed by Adolfo Bracale Opera company and Tenor Hipólito Lázaro. It is one of the city gems, its rounded shaped interior is decorated in a beautiful baroque style. It has great acoustics and can hold up to 800 spectators. Under its dome hungs an enormous spider-shaped lamp which was a gift from Czechoslovaquia. On the top, resting over seven columns the greek goddesses of the arts shine. The theater was originally conceived by a group of intellectuals: Don Nicomedes Arce, Don Carlos Ayerbe Segura, Don Gonzalo Miranda, Gonzalo y Domingo Lemos Bonilla, DonAdolfo Córdoba, Don Delfín Valdez, they afford its construction that began in July 20th 1892. From 1899 to 1903 the thousand days Civil war forced the construction to stop but then in 1915 Engineer José María Obando Rebolledo continued the construction of the theater. After 1983’s earthquake, that severely damaged the structure of the theater, Ortiz Barrera company started the restoration process under the direction of engineer Fernando Alonso Ortiz Casas. It re-opened to public on August 4th 1998 featuring a concert performed by the Chamber Choir of Popayán. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- Guillermo Valencia Theater
Late Neogranadino Baroque work, designed by the Spanish architect Antonio Garcia. It has excellent examples of architectures, metal works, and furniture from Quito and Spain schools. His pulpit was designed in the first half of the nineteenth century by an illustrious son of the city, the Wise Francisco José de Caldas. Next this church is located the faculty of Laws and Political and Social Sciences of the University of Cauca. Whose style is colonial too. This cloister originally belonged to the dominican community it was a thatched roof house made of mud walls. It is now decorated with gold in a baroque style. Francisco José de Caldas directed the pulpit construction and José Caicedo painted it. The Santo sepulcro is plated carey, marble and goldened silver. It is one of the most antique pieces in Popayán and it's said that it holds a splinter of the cross of Jesus. Some other art pieces include: María Salomé, La Verónica, María Magdalena, el Varón del Martillo, el Varón de las Tenazas, El Santo Cristo, El Descendimiento, La Piedad, Las Insignias, San Juan y la Virgen de La Soledad, most of them are carried during the holy Friday procession. It was badly damaged by three earthquakes in 1736, 1827 and 1983. But many people and families support further reconstruction in 1736 by Family Arboleda and Deán Mateo de Castrillón Bernardo de Quiroz, and in 1983 by Llano-Caicedo construction company. Santo Domingo was proclaimed Colombian National monument in 1996. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- Santo Domingo
Called “the nose of Popayán” by Master Guillermo Valencia, the clock tower is a well known symbol of the city. It was constructed next to the Cathedral church between 1673 and 1682 with 96 thousand bricks. The clock, made in England, was placed in 1737. Its mechanism operated by the action of two lead weights which were changed by Antonio Nariño in the Colombia independence dispute in 1814, when metal was required to manufacture ammunition. After the earthquake of 1983, the clock suffered severe damage and it was adjusted by Reinaldo Guzmán Velasco who cleaned it, replaced some strings and made it run again. After several years he quit keeping the clock running since nobody would help him in the hard work of daily manual setting. By the end of the 20th century, the clock was restored and put back in operation by the same English company that manufactured it, the Gillet Johnson company, but it stopped working a long time ago. Source: Popayán en Blanco y Negro, un Regalo - Antonio María Alarcon Reina.
- Clock tower
http://www.termalesaguatibia.com/ Aguas Tibias in more out in the countryside 31 km from Popayán and about 4 km from Coconuco town on the way to San Agustín in the Huila department. It has 3 pools (including a water slide) and a mineral mud bath, literally just dug out of the ground! This relaxing place offers: SPA CAMOING POOLS WATER SLIDE KIDS PLAYGROUND HIDROTHERAPY MEDICAL MINERAL MUD LAKE BOATING AND HORSES RESTAURANT FAST FOOD CANOPY
- Aguas Tibias hot springs
Try the thermal spring and mud baths at Coconuco. It's an easy bus ride from Popayan. Agua Hirviendo is the hotter springs, based in the Hotel de Turismo, 1.5km out of the town. Aguas Tibias is about 3km away. You can get a jeep taxi from the town - obviously it's cheaper if there's a small group of you. Telefono: 321 9341746
- Agua Hirviendo hot springs
- Colonial and classical
Popayan is a Colombian city, capital of the Cauca Department. It is located in the Valley of Pubenza, between the Cordillera Occidental and Central West of the Country. It is one of the oldest and best preserved cities of America, which is reflected in its architecture and religious traditions. Fairs and festivals are representing the Religious Music Festival, Easter, the Congress and the National Gastronomic Festival of Pubenza.
- Taste the most genuine Colombia
Popayan, culinary City by UNESCO, the typical cuisine: Tamal de Pipián,Empanadas de Pipián , Carantanta soup, Peanut Chili ... Gastronomic National Congress of Popayan, the International Food Festival Popayan, Grandmother recipes (popular character), Los aplanchados de Doña Chepa.
- Puracé Volcano
Puracé volcano is a volcano located in the Colombian department of Cauca, in the central mountains. It is located within the area of Puracé National Natural Park, specifically at the geographic coordinates 2 ° 19 '01 N and 76 ° 23' 53 W, a distance of 52 km SE of the city of Popayan. Its altitude is 4,646 meters above sea level; It is one of the most active volcanoes de Colombia.
The volcano is part of the Coconucos volcanic chain, with Puracé, Piocollo, Quriquinga, Calambas, Paletará, Quentin, Los Charcas, Manchagara, Pan de Azúcar and Pucara.
They are remarkable both the artistic quality of the gold and woodwork step as sound and olfactory atmosphere (incense) processions. It can be seen that during the time of independence, even in the midst of difficulties, processions of Holy Week took place, show, among many others, the roots that the element has in the community; and that is part of strengthening cultural and social agreement that protects and promotes its value.
Hiking and Attractions
In the ascent of the volcano you can observe the area of the volcanic chain of Coconucos source of admiration for foreign visitors and own the place, some of the main attractions are:
Valle de las Estatuarias
This great valley of more than 10 hectares of length, figures up to 2 meters high formed by volcanic rocks originated after the eruptions, as well as by the effect of wind, sun and rain. These elements have contributed to the formation of the statues providing them with similarities in animal species.
They stand three beautiful lakes: clear Laguna, Laguna Negra and Laguna del Carmen. It is possible to admire in each the calm waters and the great amount of vegetation that harbors in its depths.
Recommendations for visitors
• Wear proper clothing for cold weather gloves, hats, scarves (preferably non-wool), thermal and waterproof (zippered jackets or coats, to facilitate the regulation of body temperature), flashlight, rubber boots clothes.
• Take energy foods, such as salted peanuts and sweet, chocolate, brown sugar, milk, nuts. Foods with salt, water and moisturizing.
• Walk only on the paths marked.
• Do not throw garbage or other foreign material into the area. All materials must be returned to take its place of origin.
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Eleva tu alma al cielo de Colombia
El producto “Popayán, eleva tu alma al cielo de Colombia”, se basa en poner en valor la herencia religiosa y espiritual de la Ciudad. Y aunque está destinado prioritariamente a aquellos que quieren experimentar vivencias religiosas en comunidad, el producto puede ayudar a reforzar el posicionamiento cultural de Popayán en otro tipo de turistas predominantemente culturales.
Eleva tu alma al cielo de Colombia
Este enfoque requiere igualmente estructurar la oferta y comunicar allí donde la riqueza espiritual sea una driver de visita.
Algunos de sus activos son: Las Iglesias (Ermita, Catedral, Belén), El patrono de la ciudad, La Semana Santa de Popayán, Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, La Procesión chiquita, Festival de Música Religiosa....