The Museo del Oro Gold Museum, which is of great interest among tourists, is located in the Colombian capital - the city of Bogotá, hidden in the high mountains of the Andes.
Locals sincerely believe that somewhere near the modern capital of Colombia was the legendary country of Eldorado, where precious metal covered the earth. The cult of gold and the scale of its mining here were so great that a unique museum complex was opened by the decision of the authorities.
Gold mining in Colombia and its environs was born at the beginning of our era and actively developed until the moment when the Spanish conquerors appeared on the richest lands (16th century).
Native American tribes living in the territory of modern Colombia treated gold differently than Europeans; they considered it a sacred metal, able to collect and transmit solar energy to humans. Products created from gold were often used in everyday life and in the commission of cult ritual actions.
In the three-story building of the Museo del Oro Museum, located in the ancient area of Bogotá La Candelaria, about 36 thousand gold items from the pre-Columbian era are exhibited. Especially valuable are the things raised from the bottom of Lake Guatavita, where, according to local legends, they fell as a sacrifice of leaders, each of whom was obliged to swim on a raft to the center of the reservoir and load gold jewelry into it.
The Museum of Gold exhibits a unique "Golden Raft", the creation of which dates back to 1200-1500 BC. Such a valuable exhibit was discovered in 1856. It is a large golden platform with a leader towering above it, surrounded by 12 small figures.
Not far from the Gold Museum, in the same area of La Candelaria, there are other attractions that are interesting for tourists - the churches of San Francisco and Del Carmen, Colon Theater, War Museum, beautiful old buildings. By funicular you can reach the top of Montserrat Mountain (3152 meters high) and enjoy the picturesque panorama of the city.
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