La Alpujarra administrative center is home to both Antioquia & Medellin government entities. They are located in two similar looking buildings facing each other and separated by a square adorned with sculptures by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur and Salvador Arango. Adjacent to La Alpujarra are the city council building, the Province of Antioquia Assembly, Edatel, Teleantioquia, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the refurbished former Ferrocarril de Antioquia railroad station.
An uninformed visitor/traveler would never expect to find such a fascinating area located around the huge concrete building complex known as La Alpujarra Administrative & Business District. La Alpujarra is the administrative seat of the department and municipal government of Medellin, Colombia. Surrounded by other important buildings such as the Medellin Public Utilities Building / Intelligent Building (EPM), the Institute for the Development of Antioquia (IDEA), the Medellin Exposition & Convention Center (Plaza Mayor) as well as the EPM Interactive Museum, this area is full of history, culture and things to discover! Plaza de Cisneros is also conveniently located just across the street and should not be missed when visiting this area of Medellin.
El Monumento a La Raza (Monument to Race)
This area can easily be accessed from the Metro Station Alpujarra. From here, it is just a short walk west until you encounter the massive concrete structures. One of the first things you will notice is the sweeping concrete sculpture by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur who was born in the nearby town of Fredonia, Colombia. At the time of his death in 1995, he was recognized as one of the most famous and significant sculptors in all of Latin America. The Monument to Race (Monumento a La Raza) is a 120 feet high concrete design that lies between the two government buildings.
Civic activity and demonstrations are frequent events at this important city location. Every year citizens of Medellin gather to voice their opinions on subjects ranging from politics to social related activities. One of the most important and dramatic demonstrations occurred here in 2008 when more than 200,000 citizens gathered to protest the guerilla military organization known as FARC. Here is a video of a recent demonstration staged by students in 2010 as a promotional event for presidential candidate Antanas Mockus. Here you can see some of the sculptures in the area including the Monumento a La Raza by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur.
Location of La Alpujarra in Medellin:
CALLE 44 #52-165 TEL: (574) 385-5555
METRO STATION: SAN ANTONIO OR LA ALPUJARRA