San Pedro Museum and Cemetery

Medellin Museum and Cemetery San Pedro is a unique exhibition of funerary art

One of the most visited and unique things to do in Medellin is having a visit to the San Pedro Museum and Cemetery. An amazing exhibition of funeral art.

San Pedro is a cemetery and Medellin museum located in the center of the city. It was constructed in 1842, proclaimed as museum in 1998 and declared a National Monument in 1999. It’s an important piece of the cultural and architectural heritage of the city.

Things to do in Medellin: San Pedro Museum and Cemetery

San Pedro Museum and Cemetery Medellin

With its preserved sculpture and architecture, the cemetery represents the local and national funerary art. Lately the place has begun to emerge as a new venue for artistic dissemination. In full moon nights, the San Pedro cemetery hosts concerts, shows, storytelling, theater and dance. But undoubtedly its most significant characteristic are the funerary monuments erected in memory of prominent figures in the history of Colombia.

The Cemetery of San Pedro was founded on September 22nd, 1842 after the initiative of Dr. Pedro Restrepo Uribe, who together with 50 elite people from Antioquia decided to build the first private cemetery in the town of Candelaria. The partners, in compliance with the hygiene rules ordering to building cemeteries on the outskirts of the towns, bought a piece of land north of the town for the construction of the cemetery, this initially called San Vicente de Paul Cemetery and later San Pedro, as it’s known today. The site was blessed on May 21st, 1845 and its first chapel on December 20th, 1849, this was replaced in 1897 by a kiosk that was located in the center of the circular courtyard, to make way for the construction of the current chapel with plans drawn up by the Belgian architect Agustin Goovaerts in 1929, currently has a declaration as the nation’s cultural heritage.

A large number of influential people in national political history are buried in San Pedro Cemetery as former presidents, traders and businessmen, artists and writers such as Pedro Nel Gomez, Bernardo Vieco, Jorge Isaac, Efe Gomez, Fidel Cano and Ciro Mendia.

Things to do in Medellin: San Pedro Museum and Cemetery

San Pedro Museum and Cemetery Medellin

Many of the Monuments and mausoleums were imported from Italy and many other were made by local artists as Marco Tobon Mejia or Bernardo Vieco, which are adorned with impressive sculptures in materials like marble or bronze that evoke different moments in art and architecture, which were adopted at the time by being international language expression in art.

In 1996 began a process of assessment and recovery of architectural, cultural and funerary heritage of San Pedro Cemetery. On October 1998 the cemetery was declared as Site Museum by the Antioquia Museum Network, and in November 26th, 1999 as National Cultural Property by the Ministry of Culture.

Since 2000, the San Pedro Cemetery has allowed children, youth and adults, and strangers take ownership of the site and its history through different educational and cultural programs making this space unique and different in the city of Medellin.

Today the cemetery is a living museum where anyone can evoke the distant or immediate Medellin past: it’s a sanctuary where the dead are honored with simple or lavish tributes, a space for reflection: A place where the story never dies.

Things to do in Medellin: San Pedro Museum and Cemetery

San Pedro Museum and Cemetery Medellin

There is a free guided tour every Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The museum is open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It’s located just outside the Hospital station of the Metro:
Carrera 51 # 68 – 68
Phone: 516 76 50

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11 Responses to San Pedro Museum and Cemetery

  1. Beautiful but sad images, nice place to go

    EffenceBreesy January 18, 2013 at 8:49 am
  2. Now that I hold the basics in my head, it is possible to definitely walk in the place and enjoy this exotic kind of art.

    EffenceBreesy January 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  3. Don’t hesitate to come to this fabulous place.

    Isomeeagego January 21, 2013 at 9:41 am
  4. When you are interested in architecture and art you must travel to Medellin and have a visit to this spectacular Museum. Thanks for posting

    Irina Wodusky January 22, 2013 at 5:44 am
    • Thanks for your comment.

      med757 January 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm
  5. It really is difficult to get to know a place so special like this cemetery.

    We took very nice pictures of tombs, sculptures, tools and vegetation.

    The place is clean and it’s carried out appropriately.

    It is not a good idea to go there by yourself, just try to go in the morning since the area is not the most secure in Medellin.

    We enjoyed the visit very much.

    Sophie Des Champs January 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  6. Amazing place. Unique in the world. Full of past and remembrances.

    Susan Ulbrich January 28, 2013 at 5:33 am
  7. Spectacular post of this amazing cemetery. I can’t wait to visit it when I travel to Medellin this summer.

    Chris Sanders January 30, 2013 at 10:56 am
  8. Even if you have a little time to spend in Medellin you should schedule a visit to this unique cemetery and museum. I felt overwhelmed when I went there last month.

    Chris Brown February 1, 2013 at 6:35 am
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    Hugh Rails February 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm
  10. I truly wanted to post a brief comment so as to say thanks to you for all the precious pictures you are placing on this site.

    Thanks once again for everything.

    Keyra Jones February 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm
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