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Architecture In Medellin

Check out Medellin's Architecture history from 400yr old Churches & Creative Building Structures.

Welcome to Medellin’s architecture, where the past and present intertwine to create a visually stunning cityscape.

The historic downtown Medellin (El Centro), with its cobbled streets and charming plazas, houses stunning colonial-era buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Antioquia Museum. Moving through time, iconic modernist structures like the Intelligent Building and the Coltejer Tower stand tall as proud symbols of the city’s development. Moreover, Medellin’s innovative urban renewal projects, exemplified by the avant-garde Biblioteca España (Spain Library) and the sustainable Parque Biblioteca España, showcase how architecture can revitalize communities and elevate the city’s appeal.

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Explore Medellín, the City of Eternal Spring. From its vibrant culture to its stunning natural beauty, there’s something for everyone in this bustling metropolis.

Mariela Restrepo Painting Exhibition
From August 30 to October 16, El Castillo showcases the remarkable artwork of Antioquia's Mariela Restrepo in the exhibition titled “Let the landscape speak for me.”

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Explore the captivating architecture of Medellín, where history and innovation intertwine seamlessly. From the iconic colonial facades to the cutting-edge modern designs, every corner tells a unique story.

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Iglesia de La Candelaria

El Centro, Medellin

Iglesia de La Candelaria

Oldest Church in Medellin
Over 374 years old
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Coltejer

El Centro, Medellin

Coltejer

One of the city’s most iconic landmarks, standing testament to its rich past and progressive vision, is the Coltejer Building
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Nutibara Hotel

El Centro, Medellin

Nutibara Hotel

Hotel Nutibara is a popular and iconic hotel located in the heart of Medellin.
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Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Girardota

Girardota, Antioquia

Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Girardota

just northeast of Medellín, the Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario stands as a magnificent testament to Neo-Romanesque architecture.
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Edificio Ruta N

El Centro, Medellin

Edificio Ruta N

The architecture of Ruta N is contemporary and has been designed with an emphasis on openness and collaboration. This design reflects the essence of what Ruta N stands for - a collaborative hub for innovation
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El Centro, Medellin

Located in El Centro, Medellín stands the Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral, an architectural marvel proposed as a National Monument of Colombia in 1982, revered not only as the main church of the Archdiocese of Medellín but also as the country’s largest brick cathedral, drawing countless religious tourists annually.

San Diego, Medellin
Discover the captivating allure of Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro in Medellín, a Gothic architectural marvel where vibrant stained-glass windows illuminate a rich tapestry of history and devotion
Boston, Medellin

The Iglesia El Niño Jesús de Praga stands as not only a testament of deep-rooted faith but an architectural gem and cultural beacon. This historic Roman Catholic sanctuary dedicated to the Child Jesus of Prague and Saint Lucia beckons with its rich spiritual allure, framed by its breathtaking surroundings and impressive trove of religious art. Join us on a journey that weaves history, devotion, and architectural elegance into one captivating tale.

Sabaneta
In the heart of Sabaneta stands Iglesia de Santa Ana, a beacon of historical and religious significance. Adjacent to the bustling Parque Sabaneta, this Roman Catholic marvel attracts devotees and tourists alike, drawing them into a tapestry of tradition, miracles, and architectural beauty
Itaqui
Located the municipality of Itagüí lies Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, an architectural gem rich in history and spiritual allure. As you explore this Roman Catholic masterpiece south of Medellín, prepare to be enchanted by its exquisite interiors and vibrant stained-glass displays.

Envigado

In the town of Envigado stands Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis, an emblem of historical Roman Catholic grandeur. Just a stone’s throw from the popular Parque Envigado, this church, with its storied past and magnificent interiors, beckons visitors to explore a slice of Medellín’s rich heritage.

Envigado

In the town of Envigado stands Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis, an emblem of historical Roman Catholic grandeur. Just a stone’s throw from the popular Parque Envigado, this church, with its storied past and magnificent interiors, beckons visitors to explore a slice of Medellín’s rich heritage.

Aranjuez, Medellin
Located Manrique neighborhood of Medellín, Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias offers visitors a glimpse into neo-Gothic splendor. Rich in history and adorned with intricate religious artwork, this architectural gem, waiting for its full restoration, stands as a testament to Medellín’s storied past and cultural heritage.
La Candelaria, Medellín
In the heart of Medellín, the understated beauty of Iglesia Jesús Nazareno beckons. Often overlooked by mainstream guidebooks, this mid-20th-century architectural marvel offers more than meets the eye, nestled amid a unique cultural backdrop that intertwines religious reverence with the city’s funeral traditions. Dive deep into its captivating history and ethereal interiors to discover a facet of Medellín not often explored
La Estrella

Located the municipality of La Estrella, south of Medellín, the neo-Gothic splendor of Basílica Menor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá awaits exploration. Flanked by the tranquil Parque La Estrella, this architectural jewel, designed by Martín Rodríguez, promises a journey through captivating history and awe-inspiring artistry, making it an essential visit for church enthusiasts

Prado, Bello
In the heart of Bello, a stone’s throw from Medellín, the majestic Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario stands tall. Beyond its role as a spiritual sanctuary, it is a vibrant museum of religious artistry, showcasing a medley of murals, sculptures, and stained glass. This architectural marvel in the Aburrá Valley is not just a place of worship but an embodiment of the region’s rich cultural tapestry
Caldas, Antioquia
Located in the municipality of Caldas, south of Medellín, the illustrious Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes stands as an embodiment of Colombian religious heritage. As a beacon of neoclassical architecture with its striking stained-glass windows and rich history dating back to 1793, this cathedral beckons visitors to delve into a journey of faith and artistry set amidst the vibrant backdrop of Parque Caldas
Buenos Aires, Medellín
Situated in Medellín’s Buenos Aires neighborhood, the historic Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón stands as a testament to Neo-Gothic architecture and devotion. Dating back to 1902 and adorned with mesmerizing stained-glass windows and religious artworks, this church offers both spiritual solace and a journey into Colombia’s rich architectural past.
Girardota

Located in Girardota a small town, just northeast of Medellín, the Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario stands as a magnificent testament to Neo-Romanesque architecture. Boasting a history that spans centuries and adorned with breathtaking stained-glass windows, this cathedral beckons lovers of history and architecture alike, offering a journey into a storied past

Barbosa
Venture northeast of Medellín into Barbosa’s picturesque Aburrá Valley, and you’ll discover Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua, a Neo-Romanesque treasure dating back to 1880. This Roman Catholic church, resplendent with religious art and a tapestry of history, stands as a beacon of the region’s rich past and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and architecture aficionados alike.
Guayabal
In Medellín’s Guayabal comuna, the Iglesia de Cristo Rey stands as a testament to historical grandeur and artistry. Beyond its status as one of the city’s most venerable Roman Catholic churches, this architectural masterpiece is renowned for its ancient bell tower and mesmerizing stained-glass windows. Step inside, and the tapestry of its rich past and artful beauty unfolds
Robledo
Situated in Medellín’s Robledo comuna, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores stands as an emblem of the city’s profound religious heritage and Neoclassical grandeur. As a cherished National Monument of Colombia, this church, dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, beckons visitors to explore its storied past and behold its architectural and artistic magnificence
El Centro, Medellin
Dating back to 1649 and proudly standing as Medellín’s first parish church, this over 374-year-old edifice embodies the city’s deep-rooted Antioquian culture and devotion. Honored as a National Monument of Colombia in 1998, the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria church, with its rich history and preserved neoclassical architecture, remains a timeless testament to faith and artistry
Laureles, Medellin
In the heart of the Laureles-Estadio barrio, Medellín’s Iglesia San Joaquín stands majestically with its Byzantine-style architecture, capturing both the eye and soul. As the city’s second largest church, built in the 1950s, its stunning stained-glass windows and captivating organ narrate a tale of community spirit, historic significance, and the timeless essence of faith.
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