Must see attractions in Medellín

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    Museo Casa de la Memoria

    This harrowing museum dedicated to the urban conflict in Medellín is a must-visit for travelers wanting to fully understand the city (and Colombia). There…

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    La Comuna 13

    Once one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Medellín, the Comuna 13, which clings to the mountainside above the San Javier metro station, has…

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    Museo de Antioquia

    In the grand art deco Palacio Municipal, Colombia's second-oldest museum (Museo Nacional in Bogotá is the oldest) houses one of the country's most…

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    Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gómez

    Located in the house where the artist lived and worked, this fine museum has an extensive collection of pieces by prolific local painter Pedro Nel Gómez …

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    Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín

    Set around a refurbished industrial building in Ciudad del Río, 'El MAMM' showcases changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The large new wing houses…

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    Monumento a la Raza

    Rodrigo Arenas Betancur, Colombia's favorite designer of monuments, has a number of pieces around Medellín, but the most impressive work is this one in…

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    Plazoleta de las Esculturas

    This public space in front of the Museo de Antioquia is home to 23 large, curvaceous bronze sculptures by renowned local artist Fernando Botero, including…

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    El Cerro de Moravia

    The densely populated neighborhood of Moravia was once Medellín's municipal rubbish dump with an open-air mountain of trash surrounded by a large shanty…

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    Cerro Nutibara

    On top of this 80m-tall hill, 2km southwest of the city center, sits the kitschy Pueblito Paisa, a miniature version of a typical Antioquian township,…

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    Parque Arví

    Accessible by the fantastically scenic Metrocable Linea L from the Santo Domingo interchange (COP$4850 one way, 15 minutes), Parque Arví is a big chunk of…

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    Jardín Botánico

    One of Medellín's nicest green spaces, the botanic gardens cover 14 hectares, showcase 600 species of trees and plants, and include a lake, a herbarium…

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    Monumento a la Vida

    This spectacular 14m-high, 975-tonne, concrete-and-bronze sculpture by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur symbolizes the circle of life. Look out for the corn husk…

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    Cerro Volador

    Protecting a tract of the forest that once covered the entire Valle de Aburra, this hilly municipal nature reserve is a popular place to exercise away…

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    Ermita de la Veracruz

    Constructed with funds from European immigrants, this fine church inaugurated in 1803 is the only colonial-style temple in the city and features a stone…

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    Basílica de la Candelaria

    Medellín's most important church stands guard over Parque Berrío and was constructed in the 1770s on the site of an earlier wooden structure. It features…

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    Museo de la Ciudad

    Next to the lookout Cerro Nutibara you'll find the Museo de la Ciudad, a small museum dedicated to the history of Medellín that often showcases…

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    Museo Universitario

    On the campus of the Universidad de Antioquia, this museum has an interesting collection of pre-Columbian pottery, as well as galleries devoted to art and…

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    Parque Explora

    Young travelers will enjoy this expansive science museum, which features a fine aquarium full of species from Colombian waterways as well as an…

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    Catedral Metropolitana

    Overlooking Parque de Bolívar, Medellín's neo-Romanesque cathedral was completed in 1931. Its spacious but dim interior has Spanish stained-glass windows.