|The Calle del Sol building on Carrera 3 in La Candelaria. A seminary, monastery, secret police headquarters, and now apartments.|
|An old-style lamp on |
the building's corner.
Built around 1917 to be a Catholic seminary, the Calle de Sol was later a monastery and then, in the '50s, '60s and '70s, headquarters for the feared DAS - Colombia's secret police. During the mid-1950s, Colombia was ruled by dictator Rojas Pinilla, who allegedly had communists and union members tortured and killed in the building's dungeon. One of those allegedly murdered there was the original Manuel Marulanda Vélez, a union leader from whom the legendary FARC guerrilla leader took his nom de guerre. Even today, residents and security guards sometimes report hearing ghostly wails of those unfortunates.
Today, on the building's 12th Street side, in the DAS's old prison, is a classy restaurant named La
|The Calle del Sol's |
After the secret police departed, the building was neglected for years, until a group of Colombian and foreign investors purchased, expanded and renovated the old monastery and turned it into apartments, which opened around the year 2000. Today, Calle del Sol contains some 74 apartments of different sizes, surrounding an inner lawn.
|View from an internal window.|
|The building has a marvelous internal lawn: a piece of tranquility in the midst of central Bogotá.|
|A great view from the Calle del Sol's roof.|
|The new BD Bacata skyscraper seen from the Calle del Sol.|
|A skyline at sunset.|
|A view of the Calle del Sol and Bogotá's Eastern Hills from the BLAA library.|