|The restored Camarin de Carmen, on 9th St. in La Candelaria.|
Built in 1655, the camarin - a sort of box extending from the side of a church on Calle 9 just above Carrera 5 in La Candelaria - hung on for centuries despite weather, riots and earthquakes as the church building was converted into a military barracks, a school and finally a theatre. But more than three centuries of endurance ended in September 2010, when a delivery truck driving the wrong way on the cobblestone street smashed the ancient structure, severely damaging one of La Candelaria's oldest and most significant pieces of architecture.
|A view of Calle 9, |
with el Camarin on the right.
Some placed responsibility on the neighborhood's mayor: she had ordered removed a pair of chains which neighbors had fixed across the street's entrances to block traffic.
After a legal tussle, the company which owned the truck agreed to pay for repairs, and last Saturday, after 15 months of restoration work, the camarin was replaced as close to its original form as possible.
|A view down the street towards the Presidential Palace.|
|A coat of arms on ths street.|
|And a colorful window on 9th St.|
|Graffiti mars this colonial street.|
|A handsome old house a block uphill.|
|The Ministry of the Exterior, across from el Camarin.|
|A poem set in a window. .|
|And a piece of poetry on a wall.|
|A lamp two blocks up the street.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours