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Make sure to add these to your list of what to see and do in Medellin:

Explore the downtown area with the Medellin Metropolitan Cathedral which is the one of the largest constructed out of brick in the world and the Plaza Botero with 23 large Botero bronze sculptures.

Don’t miss the nearby Museo de Antioquia. This is beautiful large, art deco building with a third floor dedicated to the local artist Fernando Botero. It has a large collection of wonderful paintings and sculptures. You will find contemporary works by a number of Colombian artists on the second floor and murals by Colombian artist Pedro Nel Gomez.

Parque Lleras/Poblado: This is an area of town that is filled with boutiques, boutique hotels, bars, restaurants, and coffee houses that is a great, safe place to stay and explore. It has a great bohemian atmosphere!

Biblioteca Medellin: The Spain Library in the Santo Domingo neighborhood is a must see for those interested in architecture. Designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti, it resembles three large black stones. It was a major redevelopment of one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. I wanted to see it after seeing it featured in several publications. I didn’t go in, but took the Metro to the Metrocable and saw it from the modern cable car.

MAMM Medellin: The Museo de Arte Moderno/Museum of Modern Art, at Carrera 44 # 19A-100, is the museum featuring contemporary Colombian art that in 2009 moved here to much larger quarters in a former steel mill, built in 1938. A $12 million extension will open next year. It was closed when I was there for a major exhibition installation. The restaurant next door, Bonaur, is a great spot for lunch and the street art along the street on the restaurant is worth exploring.

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