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Zipaquir - Underground meeting with ghosts

The land on which Zipaquir is built, was once a sea bed.
Later it became an inland salt lake and also dried up completely.
Huge deposits of salt were left behind.
That salt became a major source of income for the Muiscas in the pre-Columbian era, a rich civilization that disappeared after the Spanish conquistadors arrived in this area.

The Zipaquir salt cathedral lies completely below ground.
It was hewn into a giant rock of 85 % salt.

The salt cathedral covers several large rooms and a lot of hallways. Actually its a bit of a labyrinth.
You can visit it on a very interesting guided tour. Every day there are tours in Spanish and in English.
After the tour youre free to wander around in the cathedral.

Since I did not have a tripod, it was not easy to take good pictures. Also my light management was a disaster.
Apart from the quality, you can be disappointed because this doesnt look at all like a classical church or cathedral and you might have expected a richer architecture after my announcement of an underground salt cathedral with my previous picture
It's such a place that impresses greatly but that hardly convinces on an image.

After the tour it wasnt also too easy to find back some rooms we had visited and where I wanted to return to take more pictures.
Dont worry, everywhere the exit is well indicated 
Yet it was a little adventure to wander by yourself through the huge underground cathedral.

For my main photo, I chose an image that has not yet been shown on TE.
In the past, Jorge (jmdias) and Sergio (sacimar) have already uploaded several pictures of the different rooms of this cathedral. These pictures are still here on the site.

Have also a look in the workshop.
Despite the poor quality of my pictures, I could not resist showing you this very peculiar place.

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