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    Museo de Antioquia

    by mircaskirca Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Museo de Antoquia, located in the heart of the centre, is Colombia's second-oldest museum and one of the finest. It was founded in 1881 and occupies a building which once served as a working place of the Mayor of Medellín. Located in front of the Plazoleta de las Esculturas, the museum offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate pre-Columbian, colonial and modern art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and murals by national and international artists. The main attraction are works donated by Medellín born artist Fernando Botero. It's the biggest collection of his works which includes 108 paintings.

    The museum has restaurant, shop with some really nice books and other things, and a spacious inner courtyard where is a coffee shop Terraza Sophia. While Museo de Antioquia seems big from the outside, much of its space is used for large corridors. Exploring the building you will also get the occasional glimpse of the downtown Medellín from one of the few windows on route.

    It is open Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:00pm, Sunday and public holidays 10:00am-4:00pm.

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    The Botanical Garden

    by MalenaN Written Oct 3, 2008

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    The full name of the Botanical Garden is Jadín Botánico del Medellín Joaquin Antonio Uribe. It is named after an Antioquian botanist. The garden was founded in 1972 and has over 600 species of trees and other plants. There is a lovely lake with water lilies and turtles. There is also a small open-air auditorium where sometimes orchestra concerts are held. You can also have something to eat in the restaurant or buy something in the shop (I found many nice things but didn’t buy anything in the end). In Mach - April you can see a display of orchids in the Orquideorama. It is a relaxing place away from the city traffic.

    The Botanical Garden is open between 9 - 17 every day of the week and there was no admission (July 2008).

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    Parque Berrío

    by mircaskirca Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Parque Berrío is the main square of the city and a good place to start the walking tour of the historic downtown. Adjacent to the busiest metro station Parque Berrío, it's a lively meeting place where people sit on benches and chat, others play vallenato, there are fruit vendors and people offering minutos or llamadas (phone calls).

    The park is dominated by a colonial Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. There is the Stock Exchange building and Banco de la República in front of which you find La Gorda (the Fat Woman), a sculpture of Fernando Botero. In the centre stands the statue of Pedro Justo Berrío, an important Colombian politician in the 19th century.

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    Parque Explora

    by mircaskirca Updated Apr 1, 2010

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    Open in December 2007, Parque Explora is a large complex (25.000 square meters) with various science museums and displays and the biggest freshwater aquarium in South America. The place is educational and fun. Young visitors can learn about science and technology through interactive experience. Themes include physics, biology, technology, media and geography. They can learn about robotics, make their own snapshot videos and take infrared photos. The interactive display on geography includes an earthquake stimulator and they can watch how a tornado is made.

    The aquarium is fascinating and contains the most representative species that inhabit fresh waters in Colombia as well as marine life with all colours of fish, corals and sea anemones. There are displays and information about waterways and ecosystems in Colombia and South America.

    Parque Explora is open Tue-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat & Sun 8:30am-6:30pm (closed Monday). There is so much to do and see that you should allow several hours here. The entry fee depends on how many activities you want to do. Staff are very helpful with the explanations and audio guides are available in Spanish and English.

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    Parque Poblado

    by mircaskirca Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Medellín has park for nearly every social class. If you need to get away from the busy and noisy Parque Bolívar or the upscale trendy bars of Parque Lleras, you should find your way to Parque Poblado, which is the middle class version of the latter. Iglesia San Jose del Poblado in the main square of the district marks the place where Medellín was founded in 1616.

    I passed by Parque Poblado every day, it was half way between metro station Poblado and Hostal Tamarindo. The park during the day has little to offer. There are shops around Calle 10 and some nice antique shops around, and it's a fine place for a little lunch and coffee-sipping.

    However, it gets bustling with life at night when groups of youth visit the park and the surrounding bars. The place is especially lively on weekend nights when people gather around Parque Poblado until dawn drinking, smoking and chatting. You can buy cigarettes, food and drinks from street vendors the whole night. There are some nice bars at the bottom of the park where you can listen to vallenato or reggae.

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    Pueblito Paisa

    by MalenaN Written Oct 1, 2008

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    Pueblito Paisa is a construction of a typical Antioquian town in miniature. A few houses and a small church is set around a square. In the houses there are souvenir shops and a restaurant, but also a few rooms with old time furniture. Have you seen charming real towns and villages this is not a must see, but a visit could be nice if you have time.

    Pueblito Paisa is situated on the summit of the 80-metre tall hill, Cerro Nutibara. From a platform you will have great views over the city.

    To go to Pueblito Paisa I took the metro to the stop Industriales and from there I walked.

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    Basilica de la Candelaria

    by MalenaN Written Oct 3, 2008

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    Basilica de la Candelaria is situated by the busy Parque Berrío. It was built in the 1770s and from 1868 to 1931 (when Catedral Metropolitana was completed) it served as the cathedral of the city. Also this church was open and full of worshippers the times I passed. In the left isle there is a statue of the Fallen Christ and the ornate ceiling is beautiful. Also the main retable is of interest

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    Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

    by mircaskirca Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Facing Parque Berrío is Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, the most important church of Medllín. It dates back to the 1776 and served as the city's cathedral from 1868 to 1931. It was restored in 1997. Other churches stood here before, the first one from 1649 was made of wood and with a thatched roof.

    Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria is a colonial style construction. It looks quite unusual in the surroundings of 1970s high-rise office blocks. The basílica contains some beautiful interior decoration, including an ornate ceiling with stunning recessed panels, and important religious art, such as the painting of the Virgin of la Candelaria, belonging to the most typical Spanish colonial style.

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    Plazoleta de las Esculturas

    by MalenaN Written Sep 28, 2008

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    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.

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    Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe

    by mircaskirca Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Next to Berrío metro station is an impressive black-and-white building, Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe. The palace was constructed by Belgian architect Augustín Goovaerts between 1920 and 1938. Built in a Renaissance style with a touch of Gothic, its dome was imported directly from Belgium. The building seemed very exotic for its time but nowadays it is considered a unique architectural monument. For many years it was the seat of government of the department of Antioquia.

    From 1986 it is home to all cultural programs of Antioquia. Palacio de la Cultura hosts concerts, theatre, art expositions, library, conferences and workshops. Its dome serves as auditorium and a place for showing the films.

    It is open Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm and Sat 8:00am-2:00pm; admission is free.

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    Eremita de la Veracruz

    by MalenaN Written Oct 3, 2008

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    Eremita de la Veracruz

    Even if Eremita de la Veracruz was not inaugurated until 1803 it is supposed to be the oldest church in Medellín, as construction of the church was begun by early Spanish settlers in 1682.
    The church was open several times as I passed and full of people. The interior is whitewashed with details of gold and wood.

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    Tribute to the first Town of Medellín

    by MalenaN Written Oct 12, 2008

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    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.

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    Parque Bolívar

    by MalenaN Written Nov 26, 2008

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    Parque Bolívar is one of the parks in the centre of Medellín. It was inaugurated in 1882 and in the middle stands a statue of Simón Bolívar. It was made in 1923 by the Italian artist Eugenio Maccagnani. In front of the cathedral there is a fountain.
    The park is a lively place with street vendors, musicians, homeless people sleeping, people strolling around or sitting down for a talk.

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    Parque de las Esculturas

    by MalenaN Written Oct 1, 2008

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    Below Pueblito Paisa, on the slopes of Cerro Nutibara, is a Sculpture Park with abstract sculptures made by famous South American artists like Jesús Soto, Edgar Negret and Carlos Cruz Diez. So, if you visit Pueblito Paisa you should also have a stroll in the park.

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    Biking on Sundays

    by MalenaN Written Oct 12, 2008

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    Next to Caribe

    As in many other places in Colombia you will on Sundays see many people in , or outside, Medellín on a bicycle. On the photo you can see how a major road next to Caribe metro station has been closed for motor vehicles on a Sunday and it is taken over by cyclists, pedestrians and joggers. Also along the road to San Felix (outside Medellín) the bus passed many cyclists and as the road is mostly going uphill it is very good exercise.

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