Commercial passages, architecture and handicrafts in Bogotá

The colonial passages that exist today in Bogota, are the reflection of the changes that transformed the country in the late nineteenth century. The construction and architectural design with English and European styles of the banking offices and structures dedicated to the commerce agglomerated in a street-passage (first commercial centers of Bogota) are an express manifestation of the social, cultural, economic and political influence of the new Liberal ideas and the global extension of a new economic model in favor of free trade. In their context the commercial passages became a symbol of the entrance to the country of modernity.

The commercial passages then became places of sale and consumption of the new imported goods, but became places of walk and meeting places that somehow stimulated the exchange of ideas and information in an accelerated way.

These commercial passages were connected by a circuit of commerce with the rest of establishments in the streets of the center of the city, it is possible to emphasize that the named passages preserve the same type of specialized commerce with which they began to work, crafts and furniture, clothes and other services.

Pasaje Rivas: The exact date of its construction, which was established around 1893, is unknown. Its construction technique uses materials such as bahareque, adobe walls, treaded wall and clay tile. Their commercial vocation has always been the artisan products, in principle coming from the stay as espadrilles, packings and cabuya.

Nowadays, we have our own and foreign visitors in search of the most traditional typical products of the country: the sombrero vueltiao, the backpacks Arhuacas and Wuayúu, hammocks, carriel, chivas, musical instruments, furniture and various souvenirs. Located in race 10 with street 10.

Pasaje Hernández: The year of its construction is located near 1890 and its republican style with French influence have deserved the declaration of National Monument. The experience of passing through an exclusively pedestrianized street with the different commercial establishments side and side, is to transport in a machine of the time to the Bogota of ends of century XIX.

In its beginnings, offices of high-quality lawyers, doctors, engineers and tailor-made workshops operated on the second floor. These mark the influence of the passage and this tendency is still retained for the sale of dresses mainly. It has entrance by the race 8 and the street 12.

Passage Mercedes Gómez: Its date of construction is established around the year 1936. Its style has influences of art deco, with wavy forms and curved architectural lines, built in pressed brick, stone and clay tile. Its design is more modern than the previous commercial passages and is the result of the union of Passage Mercedes and Pasaje Gómez. Located between 11 and 12, cross the block parallel to race 10.

At the moment it is dedicated to the commerce of clothes and from its origin the premises have specialized in dresses of baptism, first communion and marriage.

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