Today a museum, the Tequendama Falls Museum was originally built as a mansion in 1923 by architect Carlos Arturo Tapias and was originally named “The Mansion of Tequendama Falls” due to its location near the infamous waterfall. The exterior features French architecture and its primary purpose was for it to be a symbol of the elegance of the elite class in Colombia. It is located approximately 30 kilometers southeast of Bogotá.
In 1950, the mansion was turned into a hotel and Salto was visited by illustrious characters such as Simon Bolívar and Manuelita Sáenz. In the 1990’s, however, the hotel was abandoned due to the polluted river that began to produce a foul odor.
It has been said by the neighbours of the building that the mansion is haunted as many suicides occurred on site. Is it true? Come and see for yourself.
Today, the mansion can be visited as it was recently turned into a museum of sciences by the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia.