Medellín Metropolitan Cathedral
Arguably Medellín’s most important religious structure, the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica is well worth a visit. Many sightseeing tours stop at the cathedral, giving visitors a chance to admire its enormity. The neo-Romanesque facade is certainly a main draw, but the cathedral’s interior is worth a look as well. It features 76 stained glass windows, a small museum of religious paintings and sculptures by notable artists, and an impressive organ, built in Germany in 1932 and shipped to Colombia; it’s one of the few remaining built before World War II.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica is a must-see for first-time visitors, architecture buffs, and spiritual travelers.
Remember to dress respectfully, as this is an active place of worship.
Stay alert to your surroundings and keep an eye on your possessions when visiting this area of the city.
How to Get There
The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica is located on the north side of Bolivar Park in Downtown Medellín, about four blocks from the Prado metro station. If you’re visiting at night, it’s a good idea to take a taxi.
When to Get There
The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica is open daily in the mornings, when Mass is held hourly, as well as in the evening for Mass. The area surrounding the cathedral, particularly Bolivar Park (Parque Bolívar), can get seedy after dark, so plan to visit during daylight hours or take a taxi if you plan to attend an evening Mass.
Step outside the cathedral and you’ll find yourself in Parque Bolívar, named after South American liberator Simón Bolívar. The highlight of this park is an Italian-designed statue of the local hero perched atop a horse, cast in 1923. Vendors often set up shop in the park, and a crafts fair takes place here on the first Saturday of each month.
- Plaza Botero
- Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia)
- San Antonio Plaza
- San Pedro Cemetery Museum (Museo Cementerio San Pedro)
- Medellin Botanical Garden
- Medellín Planetarium (Planetario de Medellín)
- Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos)
- Explora Park (Parque Explora)
- Santo Domingo Savio Library (Biblioteca de España)
- Gardel Plaza
- Pueblito Paisa
- Gardeliana Museum (Museo Casa Gardeliana)
- Medellín Modern Art Museum (Museo de Arte Moderno)
- Patio de Tango
- La Rueca Restaurant