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Cerro de Monserrate is a 3152-meter high mountain in the Santa Fe district of the Colombian capital Bogotá. Its summit rises on the southeastern edge of the city. Together with Cerro de Guadalupe (3317 meters), located about 1,600 meters to the south, it dominates the capital's panorama and is visible from almost everywhere, making it the trademark of Bogotá. Monserrate is located in the territory of the Enrique Olaya Herrera National Park.

The picturesque whitewashed Basilica of the Lord of Monserrate was built on Monserrate in the 17th century and is a popular pilgrimage site with the shrine of the 'Fallen Jesus' (El Señor Caído). The shrine's statue of Christ was also made in the 17th century by Pedro de Lugo Albarracín. The church and mountain were named after the Montserrat mountain range near Barcelona in Spain.

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Monserrate is reached by a funicular railroad, which passes through a tunnel for one stretch, and an aerial tramway. It can also be reached by a marked hiking trail through the forest, which leads from an elevation of 2,693 meters to 3,160 meters over a length of 2,240 meters. Various tourist facilities, including a viewing platform from which visitors have a wide view over the Bogotá savannah, restaurants, and cafes are located at the summit.

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