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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  • August 15, 2017
    There are so many homeless people it's scary take any step, or take the phone to a photo. You should have more security here, taking into account the sculptures so beautiful that you walk.
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  • August 14, 2017
    By the location of the plaza and the proximity to the Centre I didn't feel very safe, I preferred to leave my professional camera at truck contracted to make me a good photo, it is a shame because it's an ironic place but the truth I didn't feel safe and more by the type of common person of the sector
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  • August 14, 2017
    This place offers the most amazing sculptures by the famous artist, Fernando Botero. The sculptures are everywhere, there is a lot of street vendors, great restaurants that offer typical food of Medel...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    A wonderful place filled worth Botero sculptures, delightful local hot foods and snacks and many street vendors of fruits, snacks, cold drinks, and souvenirs. Don't buy from the first street vendor you see...look around a bit, see what they all have and how much they are charging, then bargain with the ones that have what you like. 10-20% off is a typical negotiated price.
  • July 28, 2017
    It's a great place for site seen but it's full of public vendors and people.
  • August 4, 2017
    Very very busy and crowded. Hard to take pics but worth seeing the Botero statues.
  • July 12, 2017
    This popular public square has about a dozen Botero sculptures. Great spot for people watching.
  • February 6, 2017
    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! !

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