DESCRIPTION – Medellín: Traditional Center: From Villa to Metropolis
The city of Medellin was originally founded in 1616 at the place where El Poblado park is located today, and it was called San Lorenzo de Aburra. However, the traditional downtown was established in the Parque Berríoin 1675 as Villa de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria. From this area, Medellin city became recognized as the capital of the department of Antioquia and started to be consolidated as the industrial center of Colombia. In the downtown area, buildings with a high patrimonial value and great history are conserved.
The traditional downtown tour begins in the place where the current Medellin was founded: the Parque Berrío; it is the perfect place to appreciate the contrast between the oldest church in the city, Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (built in 1649), and the modern transport system, the Metro. We will also visit La Plazuela San Ignacio, the birthplace of Medellin’s first university; The Coltejer Building, symbol of the industrial period; the Plazuela Nutibara and Plaza de Botero, with important buildings as Cultural Palace of Rafael Uribe, designed by Agustin Goovaerts, and Museo de Antioquia (the old city hall), also called Botero museum since it holds a significant amount of the artist Fernando Botero work. The tour continues through the pedestrian street Avenida Carabobo, the Veracruz church, finishing in The Lights Park with the Vásquez and Carré buildings, the Antioquia Train Station and the popular shopping place called “El Hueco”.
Enjoy this travel with Artchitectours in Medellin, and explore the original urban center where the planning and construction of this city was born, accompanying by our architects guides.