Historical sanctuaries, cities with a lot of tradition, and towns with great customs are among the destinations that yes or yes you should consider traveling to during Holy Week.
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LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso Álvarez
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In Latin America every year the religious festival called Holy Week is celebrated, and it is a tradition that, although time passes, has not been lost. And it is that it is a region with a high percentage of the Catholic population and where nearly 500,000 million people celebrate on these dates. The coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of face-to-face activities in the last two years, but with the vaccination process advanced, and with fewer and fewer restrictions to prevent contagion, this could be a good time to start a trip.
For this reason, in the following article, we will tell you about seven Colombian destinations that you cannot miss during Holy Week. Some for their symbolic relationship with religious celebrations and others for the tourist attraction to enjoy a week of vacation.
The Primatial Cathedral of Bogotá
It is one of the most visited destinations by citizens during this holiday. The Primate Cathedral of Bogotá is located in the center of the capital and stands out for its impressive architecture. In addition, it is considered the main church in Bogotá and one of the main ones in the country because it contains great wealth in its architecture, historical and also ecclesiastical value, something of vital importance on the dates of Holy Week.
It is said that for more than six decades, in Barbosa, a municipality located near Medellín, Holy Week has been celebrated year after year with special fervor. It is celebrated in different parts of the municipality with much respect and tradition. In addition, it should be considered that Barbosa is home to one of the main water parks in the area. Therefore, with a pleasant temperature, travelers should not miss this attraction, on a few days that for many are for reflection and others rest.
Guadalajara de Buga, Valle del Cauca
The Sanctuary of the Lord of Miracles, located in Buga, is one of the most popular destinations among believers. It is said that a year (before the pandemic) it received more than three million people who came from different parts of the country to pray for their loved ones and for the goals they have in mind for the rest of the year. On the other hand, other places that can be visited, to take advantage of the trip with some tourism, is the Museum of the Lord of Miracles, the church of San Antonio, the church of San Francisco, and the Bridge of Liberty. These offer a variety of religious activities within easy reach.
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
Built inside the Zipaquirá salt mines, in the department of Cundinamarca, this impressive cathedral was recognized as the first Colombian wonder in the world, both nationally and internationally. And for these dates, it is an ideal place to go, especially because it is an impressive place, which is 180 meters underground, and allows you to appreciate an impressive construction that is combined with the wonders of nature. Add that Holy Week here will begin on April 10 with the Blessing of Palms and the Holy Mass and will continue in the coming days with the Privileged Parties of Lent, and many other activities, to end with Easter Sunday.
Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Chiquinquirá
It is recognized as one of the sanctuaries with the greatest tradition and was even visited at the time by the late Pope John Paul II, in 1986. It is a space to reflect, to make balances, and where you can also enjoy different stalls to the surroundings and games for the little ones. This site is ideal to visit with family.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellin
It is the largest church in Medellin, one of the main cities in Colombia. For the holidays, this giant basilica receives thousands of parishioners, especially for being one of the most important religious buildings throughout history. In 1948 it received recognition as a minor basilica (a papal title given to some Catholic churches) and from then on it has gained adepts for those who are devoted to the Virgin Mary.
Sabanalarga has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is located in the department of Atlántico, on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. Going to this place during Holy Week can be an enriching experience since the celebration there has a tradition of nearly 260 years. The neighbors usually gather in the streets for days to carry out liturgical acts and carry out religious parades practically every day that this special date lasts.