Friday, December 3, 2010

The Stately Teusaquillo Neighborhood

Teusaquillo is perhaps Bogotá's largest neighborhood in square kilometers, and probably its most stately. The neighborhood grew up in the early and mid-1900s, when it was Bogotá's wealthiest area.

Today, Teusaquillo extends north from the edge of the Central Cemetery to include the sprawling National University and even Simón Bolívar Park.

In Teusaquillo, you'll see many houses built in Victorian, Tudor and German architecture. The neighborhood is also known for the Parkway, a narrow, three-kilometer park. After La Candelaria, Teusaquillo contains the city's largest concentration of theatres. It also contains the home of leftist martyr Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, whose home is now a museum.

One of the neighborhood's stately churches. 

Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, leftist martyr murdered in 1948. 

This man has turned his home into a museum constaining objects he collected over his lifetime. 

The Parkway creates a green corridor through the neighborhood. 

Iglesia Santa Ana, (which is surrounded by illegal abortion mills.)  
This London-style housing block now houses a private university. 
The National Theatre, founded by Fanny Mikey.The building was once a Jewish Synagogue. 

Cycling along one of Teusaquillo's tree-lined streets, with European-style houses.
By Mike Ceaser of Bogotá Bike Tours

1 comment:

Colombialiv said...

Teusaquillo es really pretty!

It is also home to a great majority of Bogotás clandestine abortion clinics...