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‘El Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), Bogota, Colombia, Part-I’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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 I visited ‘El Museo del Oro (Gold Museum),  in Bogota, Colombia.   In fact there are a number of Gold Museums in various cities of Colombia, some of which I visited. My interest in this museum at Bogota, which is the largest of its kind in the world, was kindled way back in 1973 when I read Erich Von Deniken’s ‘Gold of the Gods’.

 This book “unveils new evidence of an intergalactic ‘battle of the gods’ whose losers retreated to, and settled, Earth. He explores a vast, mysterious underworld of Ecuador-caves filled with gold and writings in solid gold that go back to the time of the Great Flood, bolstering von Daniken’s theory of a prehistoric earthly ‘era of the gods.’” This book is available on the internet and those interested may like to access it at

 Back to the Museum now. Happily I was given a complimentary ticket,  being of more than 65 years of age.

 This Museum contains more than 55,000 pieces of gold and other materials from all the major pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia though only 6,000 pieces are on display in the large multi-storeyed building. Very roughly, the pieces pertain from 8th century A.D. till the arrival of the Spaniards in  in late 1500 AD.

 It receives around 500,000 tourists per year. Incidentally Taj Mahal in  India receives only 600,000 to 700,000 foreign tourists annually. 

 Address of the Museum: Cra. 6 #15-88, Bogotá, Colombia

 Take a look at some of the pieces on display by clicking at the following link:


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