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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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  • Filled with history, surrounded by old houses romantic, Californian style, trade, good restaurants and cinemas.
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  • It is worth visiting the Park on Saturday or Sunday, during special events such as "the retreat" or "market of san alejo (of fleas)". It is a space that gives an account of the diversity of Medellin, its beauties and inequalities both the warmth of its people. Please check the schedule on the pages of the Mayor's Office and be very aware of your personal belongings.
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  • Landmark of the city which boasts one of the first churches in the town of candelaria, however is quite dangerous, much crime.
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  • Good for hanging out in the afternoons. Since it's located close to downtown, it is not safe at night.
  • Good to be there at day time...better not be during night time.
  • Very interesting blend of all kind of paisas!
  • This place is where Show de la Dany Takes place on Sundays at 8:00 pm.
  • Just a park in front of church with fountian and few restaurants around