Yesterday, we hired a car and drove 90 minutes North to the small, colonial town of Zipaquirá. We didn’t come to visit the town, although it is lovely. We came to see the famous Catedral de la Sal, a Catholic church carved out of a salt mine 400 meters beneath the mountains here.
The Salt Cathedral is built in the tunnels of a salt mine, which is still in operation today. You start out in the Parque de la Sal, entering the mountain at the oak tunnel entrance. From there you travel through dimly lit tunnels, visiting the different Stations of the Cross, which are carved out of the halite stone and distinctively lit in the darkness. Finally, you emerge into the main temples, one with an altar of natural salt and one with a huge cross carved out of the rock.
Here are some of our favorite photos from our day underground.