Plazoleta de las Esculturas
In front of Museo de Antioquia is Plazoleta de las Esculturas, a big square with more than 20 sculptures made by Botero. It is a lively square and it is nice to sit on the steps of the museum in late afternoon and watch people go by. In front of the sculptures people are often stopping to take pictures, and some are touching parts of the sculptures for luck.
Located in the downtown of Medellín, Parque Bolívar was inaugurated in 1882 and named in honor of the liberator Simón Bolívar. It is situated between Calles 54 (Caracas) and 56 (Bolivia) and Carreras 48 (Ecuador) and 49 (Venezuela), named after places related to the liberation. The park has a large green area with native trees providing welcome shade from the midday sun and is also one of the main meeting places. In the evening the atmosphere can turn a little seedy and you will probably encounter transsexuals and drug addicts.
Parque Bolívar is historic and cultural place. Around the park are several cultural sites such as the Catedral Metropolitana on the north and Teatro Lido on the south. On Sundays people visit the park to listen to the free concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Antioquia. The park gets especially lively on first Saturday of the month when it hosts the craft fair of San Alejo, a place to buy arts, handcrafts and antiques.
Tribute to the first Town of Medellín
In Parque de el Poblado, in Poblado, I came across this bronze monument with the full name: Monumento en Homenaje al Primer Poblado, 2 de Marzo de 1616. The monument was made by the sculptor Luz María Piedrahita B in 1997.
There are fine details and on one side you can see an Indian village from the time before the Spaniards arrival. On the opposite side you can see scenes from the Indian’s life, like hunting, and scenes from the arrival of the Spaniards, ships, horses and monks. On the two ends there are three Indians and three Spanish soldiers.
Medellín - capital of Antioquia
Medellín, with more than 2 mio of inhabitants, is capital of Colombian province of Antioquia, and the second largest city of Colombia.
Unfortunately it has a bad reputation for being the centre of drug trafficking, but this is no longer true, as the Cartel de Medellín is no longer existing and Pablo Escobar (it’s boss) is long dead. Today it is a lively and pleasant city, with University, a lot of museums and very nice restaurants.
Medellín is situated on around 1500 m above sea level and inmidst the Valle de Aburrá in Cordillera Occidental (one of the three ranges, the Andes are splitting up into in the north; the other two being Cordillera Central and Cordillera Oriental). It is all characterized by forests and very rich soil, so agriculture (mostly coffee plantations) is quite dominating in the surrounding area. This all makes up for a very mild climate and that’s why you can see a huge variety of plants and flowers, including orchids, in the city and around. And that’s why the city is also called Capital de las Flores (capital of the flowers) and Capital de la Eterna Primavera (capital of eternal spring). Each year, the Festival de las Flores (festival of flowers) is held each August, and I did see photos of the parade with very richly flower decorated floats (? cars for parades).
My experiences have only been on business travel, so unfortunately, I did not have much time to explore. It would be useless to give you the name of restaurants and hotels I stayed in, as I am afraid, they might either no longer be there or different than I have experienced them.
But at least, I did visit Pueblito Paisa :-)
And as this tiny spot is quite characteristic for Antioquia, I will tell you about it.
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!! This page is not new - as it can be seen from the dates of writings.
I only have moved it to the right department. Haha, confused me has placed it under Dep. de Magdalena, where it does not belong to..... but to Antioqia (as I even wrote in my heading, but never noticed the mistake...)
Thanks dear M. for telling me :-))