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Park Bolivar, Medellin

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The Park of Bolívar or Bolívar Park, as it is popularly known, is an urban park in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia. The park was inaugurated in 1892 and named in honor of the liberator Simón Bolívar. In 1923, an equestrian statue was erected in the center of the park, designed by the Italian sculptor Giovanni Anderlini and cast by the Italian sculptor Eugenio Maccagnani.The park occupies two blocks, with approximately 14,400 m2 in area divided between green and paved areas. Its varied landscaping includes native trees. This urban space, replete with historical and cultural symbolism, is considered a symbol of the city itself. It is a main meeting place used by the city's different generations. Around the park are located several cultural sites of the city: at the north side the Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellín, and at the southeastern coast is the Lido Theater, run by Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia. Also worthy of appreciation are nearby old houses, in the former luxury residential sector of the city center. On the first three Sundays of each month at 11:15 a.m. the Banda Sinfónica Universidad de Antioquia holds their traditional Sunday open-air concert. The first Saturday of each month, the park hosts the traditional San Alejo market.
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  • Ideal to know the life Central of Medellin, is a space very large in which is can recognize several walks historical and attractive of the center of the city.
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  • Like many of the other reviewers, we visited this park as part of a walking tour and heard that some illegal activities take place. As we sat on the steps I looked at the people (locals) who were sitt...  more »
  • Was beautifully decorated. when we were there. It's not pressure. were a few vagrants who slept on the benches. must not go there with expensive photo devices enzovoorts.je should not stand out as a tourist. but they have us not bothering URgevallen.was no police there.. It is a beautiful park with lots of big old trees. It was also clean. At the time we were there, there was no life there,
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  • Some great history and culture in the middle of Medellin.
  • Great place to people watch and see a unique side of Medellin. You may see locals doing drugs, drinking cheap alcohol or retired men just sitting on the benches. There is a big statue of Bolívar on his horse.
  • Interesting place to just sit down for a while and watch the city life in Medellín and its people, right in the center of town.
  • Excellent part to hang out. Plus Market every first weekend of the month.
  • Great place!