🇨🇴 4K Gold Museum Pre-Colombian Gold Relics! El Dorado Legend! Bogota, Colombia 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

 


Discover The "El Dorado" Legend! WHEN IT COMES TO GOLD, few museums on earth can rival the Museo del Oro in Bogotá. Its spectacular collection of more than 34,000 pre-Columbian gold artifacts is the largest in the world, with relics from the various cultures that inhabited Colombia before the Old World collided with the New. Since the 1930s, Colombia’s Bank of the Republic has helped to preserve, catalog, and exhibits some of the country’s most treasured historical artifacts. Among these is a vast collection of gold, housed in the Museo del Oro in Bogotá. The absolutely stunning piece is the Muisca Raft (Which was the reason why I wanted to visit the Gold Museum, well also thanks to Josh Gate from Expedition Unknown on his El Dorado episodes intrigued me so much that I had to come visit!) Back to the Muisca Raft, it portrays the ritual that brought about the famous legend of El Dorado. Legend says that there was once a place in the South American continent where everything was made of gold. Many 16th-century, Europeans, obsessed with the legend of El Dorado, traveled great distances searching for its hidden treasures. Of course, they never did find it. However, they did find many indigenous chieftains adorned with nose rings, breastplates, and other metal accessories. They also heard rumors about a chieftain so rich that he used gold powder to adorn himself in place of baubles. It was said that he shone like the sun. This legendary, gold-coated chieftain who sailed a raft to the center of a lake, was the one from Guatavita. And that, it seems, was the El Dorado sought for so desperately by explorers, and so masterfully represented in the Muisca Raft gold figure that you can view in the Gold Museum. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. FREE to enter! Touring the whole museum will take about four hours. Remember that all of the exhibits are in English and Spanish, and that you can rent an audio tour that will help you delve deeper into the remarkable histories of these indigenous groups. Address: Cra. 6 #15-88, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Phone: +57 601 3432222

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