Visiting a number of churches and religious monuments is one of the preferred things to do in Medellin by thousands of visitors every year.
Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria
The Basilica of Our Lady of La Candelaria was the first parish in the city. Church of La Candelaria, as it’s more popularly known, is a Catholic cult temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the title of La Candelaria.
Built in 1767, La Candelaria is located in Medellin downtown on the eastern side of Parque Berrio, opposite the metro station.
It was restored in 1997 with the original technique and materials used at the time of its construction, and on July 31st, 1998, the building was declared a Colombian National Monument.
Made of wood and thatch, its first construction was undertaken by the priest Don Juan Gomez de Ureña, in 1649, 26 years before Medellin was erected as a Municipality. This initial construction was very poor in strength.
Monday to Saturday from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Address: Carrera 49 A # 50 – 85
Phone: 231 33 32
Church of La Veracruz
Located in the city center, on the western side of the Plazuela de la Veracruz and just beside the Museum of Antioquia, this temple is one of the oldest religious monuments of Medellin.
It is a Roman Catholic church of worship, dedicated to the Vera Cruz or Santa Cruz. It is one of the most representative temples of the city.
Large sums of money were invested in the rebuilding of this important church, from 1791 until its opening on November 30th, 1803. Since then, Veracruz was the fulcrum for the worship of the church of La Candelaria.
Throughout its history, the church has undergone several modifications, even once it was in threat of ruin, so it had to be demolished almost entirely for further reconstruction.
La Veracruz was declared a national cultural heritage on March 12th, 1982. It was restored by the Ferrocarril de Antioquia foundation. Nowadays its facade is white.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sundays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Address: Calle 51 # 52 – 58
Phone: 512 50 95
San Ignacio Church
Built in 1803, San Ignacio Church experienced periods of civil wars when the temple was militarily occupied and desecrated, especially in 1885.
The Church was designed for the community and decorated with the most exquisite tastes of the time, as time passed the infrastructure required some reforms.
The interior design is entirely of colonial style and its main nave is covered by barrel vaults and concrete slabs on its sideline. As highlights there are the golden main altar and numerous marble altars in its aisles.
Monday to Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 5:20 pm to 7:00 pm
Address: Carrera 44 # 48 – 28 Medellin Downtown
Phone: 239 53 96