Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica Tours

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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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Address: Carrera 48, Calle 56, Medellin, Colombia
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Medellín City Tour with Optional Lunch and Metrocable Gondola Ride

Meet Medellin, Colombia’s most intriguing and incredible city, on a comprehensive half- or full-day sightseeing tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, wander through the colorful streets while learning about the controversial yet captivating history of the City of Eternal Spring. Discover the enthralling exhibitions of the Museum de Antioquia, home to the world’s largest collection of Fernando Botero paintings; and admire the towering sculptures of Parque de Bolivar. For a truly complete tour, choose the full-day option and enjoy a traditional lunch, a ride on the Metrocable gondola and visit significant sites like the Parque lleras and El Pueblito Paisa.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Medellín History and City Experience Walking Tour

Witness the remarkable rebirth of Medellín from a capital of violence to a city of progress during this 4-hour sightseeing excursion. Journey by Metro Cable up to Santo Domingo, a neighborhood that's become a symbol of the renaissance now transforming this Colombian city’s reputation for violence and cocaine. Then head to the city’s busy downtown to explore Botero Plaza and wander through Medellín’s historic city center. This city sightseeing tour also covers a guide, hotel pickup, a combination of public and private transport during the trip and a coffee break.
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