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Basilica Menor Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria

One of the most traditional and historic places in downtown, as the majority of historians acknowledge that the first parish that gave origin to Medellin was consecrated around this temple, which was founded in 1649.
Despite its reconstructions and restorations, the Candelaria church preserves some religious works of art dating from the 18th century, as the canvas of La Candelaria Virgen, antique piece that is admired by curious tourists and where true believers lay their sorrows and desires.

For years, its atrium has been the scene for the Mothers of Candelaria protesting, a collective of relatives of people missing in the framework of the armed conflict in the country.

The church shares neighborhood and recognition as a landmark of Medellín with the traditional Berrio Park and Female Torso sculpture, known as “la Gorda de Botero”, famous work by the Colombian sculptor and painter Fernando Botero.

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The church can be seen just as you descend from Parque Berrío station.