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Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá, Colombia

By Bill Fink

Colombia’s greatest architectural marvel isn’t even visible to the passerby. The majestic Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, an hour’s drive north from Bogotá, is burrowed 600 feet below ground, carved with 30 tons of explosives blasting 250,000 tons of salt from a disused mine. Visitors descend through eerily lit passageways past the 14 Stations of the Cross, while statues of Biblical figures literally transformed from pillars of salt stand as silent sentries.  The cool darkness of the 400-foot long, 75-foot high main cathedral glows with changing colored lights illuminating mesmerized tourists and the thousands of locals who attend regular services here.

Photo by Viero Villa