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Plaza Botero, Medellin

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In the heart of the city's old town, Plaza Botero pays tribute to the famed works of Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero. Nestled between the palace of culture and the local museum, the verdant square serves as a hub of city activity. Wander among the numerous bronze statues by Botero and you'll get a solid understanding of the artist's famed style: his trademark sculptures feature chubby figures, both human and animal, with exaggerated, balloon-like proportions. Try striking a pose of your own in front of one of the 23 popular works on display here, or grab an ice cream and park bench to watch the crowds go by. Plan your Plaza Botero visit and explore what else you can see and do in Medellin using our Medellin tour planner.
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  • Cool place to see some interesting people and artwork. Very chaotic and busy but safe as police are all over the place.  more »
  • His are is crammed with vendors, is fairly loud, polluted, and rather dirty. It's an interesting area to walk through but it shouldn't be considered an attraction, merely a place to cross through on y...  more »
  • Nice collection of large Botero statutes in the city square. Watch out for pick pockets, and the street vendors were truly obnoxious.  more »
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  • The statues are amazing and the architecture of the huge church is something to see. Didn't go into Museum (18000 pesos ) but enjoyed looking around. Many vendors trying to sell you something so be prepared. Worth it just to see happenings going on in the plaza itself. Enjoy! !
  • Good place artistically.... surrounded by thieves.
  • It is the place to go to see the big statues done by the local artist Fernando Botero, you have to see these larger than life creations.
  • Excellent place to know more about the Medellin history. Is like a oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle.
  • Amazing sculptures, lots of them. You will be pestered by people trying to sell you stuff or asking for money, so be prepared. The museum is great too.

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El Poblado, an upper-class neighborhood south of the city center, offers the widest range of options. Sticking to this area allows you to enjoy the city's nightlife and food culture, although you'll likely pay above average prices. The neighborhoods of Laureles and Estadio, in the city's inner-west, are known as safe, family-friendly areas to stay, while the city center offers the best range of luxury accommodations.
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