Man crossing himself by the Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Bogota

At the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Bogota

Like in Quito, people here cross themselves. A lot. And not only when I’m passing by or when they pass by me.

Like this gentleman quickly walking past the Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the most colorful and architecturally iconic churches in Bogota. He crossed himself three times in rapid succession. Then three times again as he rounded the corner.

By most estimates, between 75 and 90 percent of Colombians consider themselves nominally Roman Catholic. It was the official state religion until as recently as 1991 when a constitutional reform abolished any official sanction and guaranteed religious freedom and made all religions equal before the law.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen looms large in the center of the capital’s Candelaria district, its unique red and white  57-meter (187ft) high brick steeple visible for blocks around. Constructed between 1927 and 1938m it’s by far the finest of the few examples of Gothic architecture to be found in Bogota.

I never made it inside, content to just watch people pass by.


And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 531st (!) straight, was snapped on 30 May 2015 in Bogota, Colombia.

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