Learn Spanish in Colombia while visiting spectacular landmarks. Here you will find four of the most interesting library designs in Colombia. Enjoy and please let us know what you think!

Virgilio Barco Library in Bogotá

Virgilio Barco Library. Bogota, Colombia
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The Virgilio Barco Library building, being one of the four largest libraries of the BIBLORED network in Bogotá, it’s a cultural and recreational staple of the country that has become a reference of contemporary public spaces.

The building, designed by Rogelio Salmona (1929-2007), considered the most important Colombian architect of the 20th century, stands out due to its creative design, a maze of colors featuring red brick walls and and exterior space that makes it, according to its creator, a kind of “ceremonial center”

The inside is as especial and calm as the outside, depicting a colorful labyrinth of books in an area of nearly 7.000 m2

Villanueva Public Library in Casanare

Designed by four young Colombian architects, the Villanueva Public Library in Casanare it’s a 3000 square meters building.

The library is notable for its simple and amazing architecture and for the use of locally sourced materials, including timber and stones from rivers and the help of the locals.

For more information and photos, please visit: De Zeen Magazine

Parque Biblioteca España, in Medellín

Biblioteca España Park Medellín

Photo Attribution: By SajoR (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, the Parque Biblioteca España is noted for its striking modernist design.

Three buildings that resemble black stones, contrast to the homes in the neighborhood. The library is located at the top of one of the peaks of Medellín and it’s an ideal sightseeing point of the city.

EPM Library, Medellin

EPM Library Medellín

Photo Attribution: By Jorge Gómez (Foto tomada por mí) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Designed like an upside-down pyramid, the EPM Library in Medellin is an iconic building not only for its walls of glass and natural stones and its 107,000 square foot beautiful interior, but for the forest of white columns located just outside: “La plaza de Cisneros”.

Each column of the Plaza has seven reflectors illuminated by 170 floor lamps. The lighting system simulates phases of the moon.

Plaza Cisneros, Medellín
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Writing and reviewing recipes can help Spanish learners in a lot of areas: food related vocabulary, giving and following instructions, idioms etc.

The following recipe is for “Ají colombiano”, one of the most versatile a delicious hot sauce you will find in Colombia. This spicy condiment can go on everything: from empanadas to soups and it’s served in almost every Colombian restaurant.


1-2 chili peppers, seeded and finely minced (habanero or jalapeño)
2 green onions (white part only), finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt


Put vinegar, water and pepper in a blender for 2 minutes.
Place all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
Add the vinegar and peppers mix and mix well.

Spanish version


1-2 chiles, sin semillas, finamente picados
2 cebollas verdes (parte blanca únicamente), finamente picada
1 cebolla pequeña, finamente picada
1 tomate, pelado, y finamente picado
1/2 taza de vinagra blanco
1/4 taza de agua
1/2 taza de cilantro, finamente picado
1/2 cucharadita de sal


Ponga el vinagre, el agua y el chile en una licuadora por 2 minutos
En un recipiente, mezcle bien los demás ingredientes
Añada la mezcla de vinagre y chiles y mezcle bien.

We recently posted on our Facebook page about Palindromes. We think is such an interesting topic that we would like to talk a little bit more about it.

Memorizing palindromes in the language you are studying is a great way to increase your vocabulary and your understanding of the grammar. And for those who like to play word games, palindromes can be fun to play with in either Spanish or English.

A Palindrome is a word, phrase or sequence which reads the same in both directions. Words or sentences that use the same letters both backward and forward; spaces and capitalization don’t count, and neither do accent marks.

One of the most famous palindrome phrases in English is “Madam, I’m Adam.”

In Spanish, the word is “palíndromo” and probably one of the most popular phrases is “Dábale arroz a la zorra el Abad”. A rough English translation could be “The abbot gave rice to the vixen”

How to pronounce “Palíndromo”?

“Dábale arroz a la zorra el Abad” pronunciation

Here is a list of palindrome words and phrases in Spanish

  • Amada dama
  • Amor a Roma
  • Ana lava lana
  • ¿Somos o no somos?
  • Yo soy

Can you think of any other palindrome in Spanish?

There are many types of palindromes from many fields including math, language arts, history, music, poetry and biology.

A palindromic number or numeral palindrome is a number that remains the same when its digits are reversed, like 1646. In Spanish it’s called “Capicúa”
Finally, to put you in the mood for palindromes in Spanish, here is “Anina”, an animation movie from Uruguay who introduces us to the world of “capicúas”. Enjoy!