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  • Address: Carrera 48, Calle 56
  • Hours: Mornings and evenings

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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

Medellin’s main Cathedral, along with thickly shaded Parque Bolivar—once Medellin’s most important plaza—now seem suffocated by the claustrophobic urban chaos that is downtown. The narrow streets and gritty scene make it a bit difficult to appreciate this amazing structure from up close.

Officially called the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Contraception of Mary, this is the largest brick building in the world, and largest cathedral in South America. Designed by French architect Emile Charles Carre and completed in 1931, the tawny towers took 56 years, all total, to build. Look for it as you zip past on rapid transit, with a vantage that allows you to appreciate the enormity of its construction.

The cavernous interior is a bit spare and spooky, but the epic interior arches are well worth a look. This area gets seedy after dark (Bolivar Park, out front, isn’t exactly wholesome even at noon), so stay alert if you’re here for evening Mass.

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Medellín City Tour with Optional Lunch and Metrocable Gondola Ride

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Get better acquainted with Medellín on a sightseeing tour of the city's top attractions. Enjoy a guided walk through the historical and cultural centers, ...  Read more

Location: Medellín, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.75

Medellín History and City Experience Walking Tour

Medellín transformed from one of the most dangerous cities in the world into one of the most innovative metropolises. Learn about the transformation of ...  Read more

Location: Medellín, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.00

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