Parque de 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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  • September 15, 2017
    It is true that the surroundings of the Park have historical importance but it is recommended to visit the area only on the day and during the week, avoid Sundays and holidays because there is little security. By the way referred to another side of the city, the inhabitants of the street, transvestites and different people.
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  • August 30, 2017
    It is a must-see destination for travellers who come to Medellin because the Museum and its surroundings are spectacular
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  • August 15, 2017
    Many inhabitants of street, not highly recommended unless you go in group. single also is good to go day
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  • May 26, 2017
    This is an historic park. Adjacent to the historic metropolitan cathedral. Dangerous at night. Safe during the day.
  • July 24, 2017
    It's is horrible... Dont recommend! And it's dangerous
  • July 2, 2017
    Must see in Medellin. Full of life and locals to watch and a nice museum.
  • May 29, 2017
    A nice park, though our guide told us it's not safe at night.
  • June 10, 2017
    Its ok and cathedral nice. Dubious bars surrounding the Parque...!

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