Medellín Things to Do: 79 reviews and 174 photos

The Catedral Metropolitana is a huge, lovely regal B-R-I-C-K building. In fact, it is one of the largest brick building of its kind in South America. Impressive.

Well, OK, of course, brick is a common-enough building material. But most buildings usually get their bricks plastered over and then, the walls painted with various colours.

However, a rather unique feature in Colombian architecture (I noticed many in Medellin and Bogota) is that the bricks of many buildings are left alone and these bricks are creatively laid down and aligned such that they make such lovely striking buildings. In fact, there are coffee table books expounding the wonders of brick architecture in Colombia.

The Parque de Bolivar holds a free Sunday symphony orchestra by the University of Antioquia at 11am.

Although bone-tired that day after being on the night-bus, I made my way there. The band played various pieces throughout the one hour. I observed the crowd standing all around. They were mainly middle-aged to elderly people, with some young people and children, but people who truly appreciated and respected music. Everyone looked very interested and attentive, basking in the delightful music. One little old lady even got up to dance at one of the pieces. I later saw her walking away with a cane, helped by her son. Yet, she had the ability to dance just now. It was a beautiful experience.

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2007
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