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Spanish Colonial Crush

Here is a new set of pictures taken during our last visit to Bogotá, Colombia.  I love this house with the charming patio and water fountain in its middle.

Located in La Candelaria, a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá, where the architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has a Spanish colonial and/or Baroque style.

From previous posts you might already know of my big crush with this style!

The terracotta roofs, ornate windows and doors, and in this case how colorful it is.

This particular house is not a simple house any more.  Since 1968 it holds one of the edgiest theaters in Colombia.  Founded by a group of independent artists trying to get in sync with experimental theater and with the cultural movement of the 1960's, they wanted to create an environment accessible to the masses.
Its mix of social and political issues, but also the classical and contemporary productions has earned it a reputation of being one of the best theaters in Colombia and Latin America.

Once inside you'll find the ticket window by the entrance door to the auditorium, which holds 250 seats.

The only thing is that in this particular afternoon, it was closed and I was more interested on the architectural aspects of the building than in the play.

The "patio de ropas" (clothing yard) was where I wanted to be!  That's one of those places where you just keep on thinking of the people who had lived here.  Well, it has held the theater company for more than 40 years, but before that it had to be a house, a family's home, I guess.  I imagined kids playing around the fountain.

Perhaps, running along those corridors.

The ceiling, which looks like made out of "bahareque" (wattle and daub), reminded me so much of the "bahareque" house I grew up in.

I love the simple railings all around it .

The terracotta / cobblestone floor in that pretty design.

The lanterns, plant stands and of course that old chunky bench!

It was one of those places that makes you so happy to be traveling back in time, and I sure did!


  1. So much character and I just love courtyards.

  2. What a beautiful design. I have always wanted a spanish home with a courtyard. Guess I'll have to move from PA. Not to many in this corner of the country.

  3. Would love a courtyard. Nice to be able to open the doors and not worry about privacy!

    I hope you'll come see My Daughter's Master Bath Redo! #83 at Met Monday.


  4. So beautiful, and you can just feel the history. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. That was fun to see. I can see why you enjoy that so much. The architecture and color is something to behold. Thanks for sharing the images with us!

  7. GORGEOUS! I love this style as well. A shame I'm not likely to find anything like it in Maryland. :(

  8. What a wonderful place. You would never see anything like that around her. You are right-I can see/hear the kids splashing about the fountain and running the hallways- xo Diana

  9. You did a great job making this historical post come alive! I felt as though I was right there with you!! I have always loved tile roofs-we lived in Southern California for awhile and I just adored the Spanish influence!

  10. So pretty!
    I would love if you link this wonderful post to my party. It is open until Easter and I will Feature as we go on Facebook and Pinterest. XO

  11. Wow, that courtyard is amazing. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images!


  12. So many beautiful and interesting photos! Like taking a mini vacation on my computer :)
    Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  13. Gorgeous Cristina! Wish I could visit Colombia someday. :-) Thanks for taking me along!

  14. Oh so lovely. The courtyard is to die for. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  15. You should come to Goa!
    Although not very Spanish but Portuguese, the architectures are very similar! I stay in Mumbai but whenever we get time, we drive down to Goa... To run along such paves corridors :)

    Loved your snaps.

  16. So beautiful! I love, love, love that fountain and the corridors.

  17. I love this house, we have many here, as Cuenca, where I live is a World Patrimony, like your gorgeous encanta!! You had a great trip! Did I thank you for your last, generous and sweet comments?...god, I hate to pass you by! Anyway, if you have time, drop by and visit. Have a terrific weekend.

  18. So beautiful, what a privilege that you were able to visitt

  19. Beautiful! It reminds me of St. Augustine FL, which in the historic district is all like this. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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