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In Colombia: A Cathedral Carved Out of Salt

The Salt Cathedral of Colombia is one amazing spectacle. It is located about 600 feet underground in what was once a salt mine in Zipaquirá, just outside Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

At the bottom, the temple opens up to reveal three naves representing the birth, life and death of Christ. There is a basilica dome, chandeliers and an enormous, floor-to-ceiling cross illuminated with purple lights. The pews are jammed with the faithful and when a choir breaks into song ahead of Mass, the sound envelops the chamber.

Despite not being part of the 7 Wonders of the World, the people of Colombia still love their own masterpiece, with the Congress calling the Salt Cathedral “The First Wonder of Colombia.”

Learn more about the structure’s history on NPR.

(Image Credit: Remi Jouan/ Wikimedia Commons)


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