Bogota is a city with new face.
Today Bogota will meet you with clean streets and perfect reputation, but once it was a place to avoid because of careless appearance. With the turn of the 21st century it jumped on the bandwagon of antipollution and cleaned up everything from parks to roads and gained global trust in this re-emerging Latin American destination.
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Since the first changes has occurred, Colombians and foreign born immigrants boosted Bogota for new opportunities and a major part of them relocated there for better life. It shifted its number of residents from 121,257 inhabitants in 1912 to 8 million people in 2009 and changed the general makeup to more diverse percentages like 75.72 percent white, 5.73 percent African American, 0.15 percent American and 7.75 percent Asian and on.
Despite the undercurrent of changes, Bogota has at its core – a glorious past. Bogota survived under Spanish rule as a settlement from August 6, 1538. Bogota became a capital of the vice-royalty of New Granada, and soon was established as a center of Spanish colonial power. In 1810 citizens overthrew Spanish rule and set up their own government.
You can find out more about city's history on a guided tour of the city. Attractions include;
- Casa de Moneda, traces a history of moneymaking
- Donación Botero offers works from Picasso, Renoir, Monet, Dali and others
- Gold Museum has rich collection of gold and pre-Colombian artifacts from Colombia
- Banco de la Republica Art Collection preserves 3,000 paintings, sculptures from Colombian and Latin American masters
As global destination alongside San Francisco and Buenos Aires, Bogota will entertain you with numerous sights and unforgettable experiences. But it isn't perfect, as any other cities it has own problems like huge contrasts of shocking wealth and abject poverty set side-by-side. Even though this is a feature of life in Bogota, it makes this city true.
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