First stop was Cementerio San Pedro. This incredibly beautiful cemetery and mausoleum dates back to the 1800s and is the final resting place to many of the politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and families that helped shape Medellin and Colombia. The cemetery was declared a national monument in 1999. According to Wilfer, although Pablo Escobar is buried in another cemetery, many of the people from his cartel and family are buried in San Pedro.
|Some of the family crypts are spectacular|
On the way to Plaza San Antonio, Wilfer and I talked about the barriers in the shape of mountains erected in the middle of a busy boulevard to stop jaywalkers. Apparently it has help to cut down on the number of accidents, but the jury is still out on the aesthetics.
While traveling on the metro system, I had passed Parque San Antonio and wanted to see the Pajaro de Paz (Bird of Peace) sculpture by Botero. In 1995 a bomb was set off on a busy Sunday -- the result, 23 men, women and children were killed and more than 100 injured. From what I've read no one particular terrorist group was named, but Wilfer is certain it was the FARCs.
|The names of those killed that were able to be identified are inscribed.|
This is actually the door to the museum. O.K...so far, so good.
So, I admit I'm definitely not a convert, but I'm glad I went if only to see the street murals outside the museum.
|My Spanglish translation for this: He knows much about birds, but little about women!|
|I love the eyes|
I love Medellin but understand and respect it for what it is. The city has barrios and areas where it would be foolhardy to visit -- while most is as safe as any large city. It continues to evolve out of the dark decades of violence -- and while it is not over yet, and I am keenly aware of my security -- it is a city of Paisas -- the proud, gentle and friendly people of Antioquia.