Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

Alternate Title: Mass in Plaza Lourdes, Chapinero, Bogota

I occasionally attend Mass at Plaza Lourdes. It’s a big beautiful church in Chapinero at Calle 63 with Carrera 13. In my opinion, it’s the most beautiful view in Bogota.

The plaza’s known for drugs and violence and gays. But inside the church it’s all about Jesus, except when armed gangs take the priest hostage as they did in 2009. Across the street is an office that pays entitlements to displaced Colombians. One day they got angry at what they thought was the government cheating them. Why they took the priest hostage I have no idea, but there was a standoff with riot police all day. I heard it wasn’t the first time something like that had happened.

My first year in Bogota I lived on Calle 61 two blocks south of Lourdes. So this was and still is my stomping ground.

Here are pics of the church. It’s been under construction since I moved to Bogota in April 2009. The scaffolding’s always been there but the metal fencing and giant crane are relatively new. You can view all my pics on the Expat Chronicles Facebook page.




Padre Nuestro (Our Father in Spanish)

Padre nuestro,
que estás en el cielo.
Santificado sea tu nombre.
Venga tu reino.
Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día.
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal.

Ave Maria (Hail Mary in Spanish)

Dios te salve, Maria.
Llena eres de gracia:
El Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres.
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre:
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.



  1. I have been thinking myself how much I’d like there. Its a good look at an important part of the culture and people.

    plus I’ve always enjoyed church. Good stuff man


  2. Wow. I didn’t know you attended mass. I am surprised. Thanks for the info about this church. I am including it in the list of places to visit!


  3. WOW you actually went in a church and did not get struck down. Good for you very surprising tho Take care still sipping PINA Calauda’s on the beach going to take a road trip to a beach with a fresh water water fall and take a boggie board off the waterfall ill send a vid if i can


  4. Hey,
    I am moving to Bogota this week for work. I am originally from Miami. I have lived in Medellin off and on for the past 7 years. I think i will be moving to chapineros. would you advise to moving there or more morth, also i am looking for some ex pats to hook up with to help me learn the do’s and dont’s of Bogota. my email is hdrih569@gmail.com.


  5. You are a bigot.the problem with that plaza is not gays there,but bigoted pseudo-believers like you who hang there.


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