Every city and town I have visited has a plaza named after Simon Bolívar who led Colombia to independence from Spain. I find it interesting that he did not feel South Americans were ripe for the ideals of the American Revolution, due to their “ignorance, tyranny, and vice.” And still, two-hundred-plus years later nothing has changed to think otherwise.
The building with the Colombian flag in the first picture is called the National Capitol and took fifty years to build. I doubt that was the planned deadline, Ok, we are going to construct this building and it's going to take fifty years to build and we will all be dead by then. The lesson, nothing is done on time in Colombia.