View from Monserrate in Bogota. You basically take a funicular (one of those always-facing-upward train cars like Suzanne Somers has) way way way the F up onto a hill overlooking the city, where there’s a church.

A lot of cities in South America have random way-up-high, out-of-town religious sites with magnificent views like this (though Bogota’s is one of my favorites). We got to take it in at dusk. 

I think someone explained to me its because indigenous tribes, from a variety of old civilizations, liked to build places of worship very high up (to be closer to the gods in the sky? to avoid destruction in battle? Not sure.) But either way, when the Spanish came, they wanted to convert everyone to Catholicism, so they would usually destroy these points of worship and convert them to churches.

View from Monserrate in Bogota. You basically take a funicular (one of those always-facing-upward train cars like Suzanne Somers has) way way way the F up onto a hill overlooking the city, where there’s a church.

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A lot of cities in South America have random way-up-high, out-of-town religious sites with magnificent views like this (though Bogota’s is one of my favorites). We got to take it in at dusk. 

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I think someone explained to me its because indigenous tribes, from a variety of old civilizations, liked to build places of worship very high up (to be closer to the gods in the sky? to avoid destruction in battle? Not sure.) But either way, when the Spanish came, they wanted to convert everyone to Catholicism, so they would usually destroy these points of worship and convert them to churches.

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