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With the population of more than 3,5 people, referred to as Paisas, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia, and the capital of Antioquia. Due to its pleasant spring-like climate year round the city is known as La Ciudad de la Enterna Primavera (City of the Eternal Spring).
Medellín used to be synonymous with Colombia's drug wars and was also a hub for guerrilla activity. In the 1980s the city was under the violent control of Pablo Escobar, Colombia's most deadly cocaine baron. At that time Medellín was one of the most murderous cities on the planet. After seeing the films Rosario Tijeras and La Virgen de los Sicarios it's hard to believe that this was reallity in Medellín only 20 years ago. However, the city's security situation has undergone a dramatic improvement in recent years.
Today it is one of the safest metropolies in Latin America. Medellín is a modern city of significant elegance, with luxurious restaurants, stylish bars and cafés, boutiques and galleries. This is where Colombian figurative artist Fernando Botero was born. He is famous for 'fat' figures and you'll find many of his sculptures in the city. Medellín is the only Colombian city with the metro.
It is also known for its noteworthy festivals and events, such as International Poetry Festival, International Jazz Festival, International Tango Festival, the Flower Parade and of course its Los Alumbrados, Christmas Lights Display, which year after year holds residents and visitors alike in awe with its designs and colourful light shows.
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