Gold Museum – Bogotá, Colombia

El Dorado Lives

Although less than 15 percent of the Museo del Oro’s 30,000 gold artifacts are on display, the sophisticated workmanship of the viewable items as well as the sheer magnitude of the collection are astonishing. It is the only collection of its kind in the world. You won’t doubt the legends of El Dorado as you view mas­terpiece after unique mas­terpiece, representing all the major pre-Columbian cultures in the region at the time of the Spanish conquest. Tastefully dis­played is a choice array of golden figurines – birds, masks, frogs, insects, and are those earthlings? Is it Bogotá’s altitude (8,640 feet above sea level) or the scope and beauty of the museum’s collection that leaves you breath­less?

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