Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe, Medellin

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Survey the idiosyncratic and striking architecture at Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe, a distinctive and ornate black-and-white historical building that acts a social and cultural event center with plenty going on most days. Constructed from 1925-1937 in a Gothic Revival style by Belgian architect Augustin Goovaerts, the building bears a distinctive facade of contrasting black and white stones topped by a bold dome. If the sun shines just right, you'll notice the white stones gleam a little bit green. Inside, check out the bronze reliefs, stained glass windows, and "The Liberation of Slaves," a mural by Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo. The building frequently hosts concerts, workshops, and art exhibits, so check ahead on the website before your arrival. Using our online itinerary creator, Medellin attractions like Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 9, 2017
    If you are in the plaza Botero you must visit this place. It's free, the building is very beautiful, but exposures are not the best, the viewpoint of the fourth floor is nice.
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  • August 9, 2017
    So the story goes that the architect started this project, but stopped mid-way among gossip and criticism about style and budget. After walking off the job in disgust, locals "finished" the job by cre...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    The history is more interesting then the building itself. A Belgium architect started building it but then the locals didn't like the look of it ! Ha! So the architect said 'screw this' and when back ...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    This place is an architectural jewel with a very long story, it used to be part of the government of antioquia, afterwards was used as a bank and right now its a museum.
  • September 11, 2016
    Apparently it was never finished because they felt the didnt need the architect anymore, looks like the did need him in the end. Still a marvelous building to look at
  • January 8, 2017
    The museum is poor in my opinion.
  • July 26, 2017
    Beautiful architecture. The exhibitions that I have attended, interesting. Good film programming. Friendly staff.
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  • June 29, 2017
    A must-see historic corner of Medellin... Its design is beautiful, the exhibitions are very good and it is free for the public in the city
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