El Castillo Museo y Jardines, Medellin

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Charming El Castillo Museo y Jardines features a wealth of artifacts exhibited in an early 20th-century mansion. Built in the 1930s in the Gothic style of French medieval castles, the building was the home of Diego Echavarria Misas and his family until his death in 1971, when the home and many of the objects in it were donated to the state. The permanent collection occupies nine rooms and features a large selection of paintings and other objects. Temporary exhibits display the work of local artists within the impressive building. For El Castillo Museo y Jardines and beyond, use our Medellin day trip planning tool to get the most from your Medellin vacation.
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  • This is a very attractive ‘old’ house which obviously has a story to tell. Unfortunately we found the staff unfriendly in the extreme. Tours leave on a regular basis and our guide seemed to be... 
    This is a very attractive ‘old’ house which obviously has a story to tell. Unfortunately we found the staff unfriendly in the extreme. Tours leave on a regular basis and our guide seemed to be...  more »
  • Fascinating castle owned by a wealthy family. They left i as i was 50 years ago. The artifacts inside are worth the admission as are the beautiful grounds. Really transports you to another time and... 
    Fascinating castle owned by a wealthy family. They left i as i was 50 years ago. The artifacts inside are worth the admission as are the beautiful grounds. Really transports you to another time and...  more »
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  • It is a bit of an overstatement to call this a castle. It is a country house built in European style, which was the former residence of an influential family living in Medellin. The house itself is more of a mansion, rather than a castle (I estimate the house itself to contain no more than 12,000 square feet of living space). There are some unique and interesting art pieces inside, although you are forbidden from taking pictures of them due to copyright reasons. The family who lived here had an obvious fetish for Classical music composers, with Beethoven being the family's favorite. As well, the family's daughter (who tragically died at age 19) was named after a character from one of Wagner's most famous operas. Tours are offered in Spanish only. Although if you are lucky, some of the tour guides may give you a quick private tour in English. The library on the second floor is especially nice, and reminds us of a time when knowledge was stored in books and not on the Internet. If you can find it, there is a drawing on the second floor of various composers from different centuries standing next to each other, with Beethoven sitting in a commanding position in the center. The drawing is reminiscent of Raphael's School of Athens, but with composers replacing the philosphers. The gardens outside the mansion are tranquil and offer a nice respite from what can be a rather chaotic city. From the gardens you can enjoy a view of Medellin and the mountains nearby.
  • This is a must do while you visit Medellin, very affordable, entrance for 2 and parking will cost less than $10. The castle grounds are beautiful and there's a very informative tour around the castle, am not sure if this is offered in English... but regardless you will get many opportunities to shoot great pictures, even when you are not allowed to picture the inside of the castle the balconies and open verandas are quite beautiful.

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