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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

395 Reviews

Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

395 Reviews
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Eliminate the hassle of traveling independently from Medellín to Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) and spectacular Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol) on this stress-free, full-day tour. As well as summiting Peñol Rock—a must-see for anyone visiting Medellín—you’ll enjoy visits to the local town of Guatapé, the famous Guatapé Zocalos and an exclusive boat tour of Guatapé Lake! Traditional lunch is included with this tour for your convenience.
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Michael B wrote a review May 2020
Bellflower, California15,296 contributions360 helpful votes
Early one afternoon I visited the Roman Catholic Cathedral on the north side of Bolívar Park in the center of Medellín. Officially named the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is built on land donated by English engineer Tyrrel Moore, and designed by French architect Émile Charles Carré in 1875. This Neo-Romanesque style building, took nearly 50 years to complete. The two towers stand 217 feet tall making it one of the world largest adobe brick buildings. Inside there are several altars, and 76 leaded stained-glass windows of various sizes from Spain. In 1910 Recaredo de Villa the former president of the State of Antioquia, donated the clock in the tower. There is a very fine large pipe organ which was built in Germany in 1932 and shipped to Medellin via boat and train, in 2009 it was renovated at a cost of about $249,000. Walking round this huge brick Cathedral, sadly in places the un-fired bricks are beginning to disintegrate, hopefully like the Bolivar park in front, which was undergoing massive repairs, it too will receive some attention. Unfortunately, because of all the maintenance taking place around the cathedral it was closed, I guess to keep all the dust out. TIP: Take the Metro to Prado station then it is only a few blocks walk.
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Date of experience: August 2019
South America Voyager wrote a review Feb 2020
Medellin, Colombia2,813 contributions53 helpful votes
Although I am not religious however in the past 10 years in Medellin I will walk into this large brick built church when I am in the area. I have been in this church more times than I can remember with the latest being the first Saturday of this month as they hold a flea market in the facing plaza on each first Saturday of each month. Yes the area is sketchy so I only advise visits during daylight hours. They recently renovated the plaza including the beautiful fountain in front of the church. I would not consider this a must see but if your in the area, perhaps walking on the nearby Junin pedestrian only street or visiting plaza Botero you need to check it out.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Elizabeth T wrote a review Jan 2020
Howell, New Jersey2 contributions
Its majestic, is grand and impressive in appearance. They have masses in the mornings, you can select which one is more suitable to your schedule. Check hours on line, before you head over there, is not open all they long. As you get older, you see things different and what was amazing to you in you twenties is not the same in your forties. I was born and raised in Medellin, but I never visited it, now that I have lived in NJ, for twenty years and traveled quite a lot, i see the beauty and enchantment of places like this. They just, as the end of 2019, renovated the park in front of it, El Parque Bolivar, simple yet full of trees and quietness, though it its in the middle of the heart of the city. Followed by Junin, a main street that use to be road for busses, cabs and personal vehicles, is now a long walk of all kind of boutiques, stores, street vendors and places where to shop.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Guido C wrote a review Dec 2019
Lima, Peru368 contributions41 helpful votes
My partner and I visited this cavernous, 1.2-million brick neo-romanesque church. The stained-glass windows are nice, but the cathedral is a little dark. It was painted by Medellin-born, famous sculptor Botero and the painting is at the Antioquia Museum.
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Date of experience: December 2019
B1714D wrote a review Apr 2019
Belgrade, Serbia8,211 contributions2,166 helpful votes
Medellin's downtown is one of the top 3 worst I saw worldwide in 300+ cities. There's almost nothing to see there, it's dirty and many sketchy people are around any time. This Cathedral along with the Botero's Plaza and Aniquoia museum are the only ones worth your time. The Cathedral is huge, brick built with two belfries. We happened to be there at dusk during the mass. The interior is also nice with many arches on both sides and beautiful altar and stained glass. Even at that time, during the mass, there were two people washing themselves in the front fountain and the park was full of homeless.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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