Salt Cathedral of Columbia

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Although the Salt Cathedral isn't recognized by the church as an actual place of worship, an average of 3,000 Catholics visit the attraction on Sundays alone -- this was taken on a quiet Tuesday.

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

These Cathedrals Are Carved Out of What?: This cathedral, located in rural central Colombia near Bogotá, is built into an active salt mine

None of these photos have been digitally altered. Rather, different colors of LED lights are shined on the salt carvings to create beautiful, dramatic effects.

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

Like the stations of the cross, the Cathedral is bathed in different colors of light, which creates an almost psychedelic effect

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

I would like to draw your attention to one of Colombia's many hidden treasures: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.    Located approximately an hour north of Bogotá via bus, private car or tourist train, the Salt Cathedral is the centerpiece of a halite mine that has been active since the 5th century B.C.    Today, workers still excavate salt in the sections of the mountain above and below the Salt Cathedral, which sits over 500 feet below the ground. / huffingtonpost.com

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

After the last station of the cross, you reach a viewing area where you can look down into the main salt cathedral

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

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No cathedral, salt or otherwise, would be complete without a nativity scene

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

Colombia is among the least-visited countries in South America, probably because of its questionable reputation as a dangerous country.

Some of the stations have more literal carvings than others. At this station of the cross, where Jesus is laid in the Holy Sepulcher, a carving that looks like a place to rest a body juts out.

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

Colombia is among the least-visited countries in South America, probably because of its questionable reputation as a dangerous country.

In order to get to the salt cathedral, tourists descend approximately 540 feet through a series of tunnels, which are concurrently used by workers in the mine, which is still active.

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

Colombia is among the least-visited countries in South America, probably because of its questionable reputation as a dangerous country.

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