Architectural heritage of Medellin
In the historic center of the city stands the Coltejer building, symbol of industrial development and the strength of Antioquia. One of the most fascinating things to do in Medellin is visiting its wide colonial architecture as well as its modern constructions.
Coltejer Building is the tallest construction in Medellin, and one of the highest in Colombia. It was built on top of the former places of the ancient Junin theater and the Europe hotel, starting in 1968, ending four years later, in 1972. Until 1977, it was the tallest building in the Colombia.
In popular culture, it was spread the version that the sharp design of the building, with large windows on its western and eastern sides on the 34th floor, was the eye to thread a needle reflecting the boom of the city’s textile industry. But in 2007, the architect Raul Fajardo, who raised it, explained in an interview to local television that the design is nothing more than the response to the request of the textile manager Rodrigo Uribe Echavarria to give it striking finish to his two tower offices. Anyway its needle shows the development of the city with regard to textiles, and its company Coltejer.
The Coltejer building was originally built to house senior executives of the company, a Colombian textile leader: Compañía Colombiana de Tejidos, Coltejer.
Since its inauguration, this building has been a place for social gatherings and one of the most famous tourist attractions.
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