Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a pioneer in industrial-level cocaine trafficking. Known as “El Patrón,” he ran the Medellín Cartel from the 1970s to the early 1990s. He was involved in every link of cocaine production, from the acquisition of coca base paste in the Andean countries to supplying a buoyant market for the drug in the United States.
The Pablo Escobar Museum is managed by Roberto Escobar, alias El Osito, brother of the late drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.
Here the story of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar is told by his family, and many of the drug lord’s eccentricities are on display, such as antique cars, motorcycles, and even a false wall that once served as his hideout.
Here you can see a collection of more than 90 photographs, a jet ski, James Bond’s mythical motorcycle, and even the first car used by the drug lord with several bullet holes.
- Parque Memorial inflexión, once the Monaco building:
The building, which ceased to exist on February 22, 2019, thanks to an implosion that lasted just over three seconds, was a symbol of the power of the Medellin Cartel in the city and also a painful reminder of the narcoterrorism that marked the lives of the ‘paisas’ and Colombia as a whole.
Now the Monaco Building is home to the Inflexión Memorial Park, a new symbol that speaks of the resilience of a city that suffered more than 7,200 homicides in a single year (1991), of the paradigm shift in the social imaginary of its inhabitants, and of the courage of the families of the more than 46,612 fatal victims of drug trafficking.
The park is divided into 3 main moments: La escencia (the essence): It is the main entrance of the park and is done through the “Path of Heroes” a main path accompanied by 9 “monoliths”.
Inflexión (The Inflexion): It is the most important and solemn moment of the space. A black stone wall 70 meters long and 5 meters high, composed of 4 large breaks, divides the park in two. The north side is perforated by 46,612 ORIFICES, EACH OF THESE OPENINGS REPRESENT A DEADLY VICTIM of the violence that occurred during this period; at night these perforations are illuminated from inside the wall forming a constellation of anonymous light that represent and connect each of the absent lives with those who visit the place.
Bosque de la Resiliencia (Forest of Resilience): An urban forest with tree species from different parts of the country, it is a natural space that pays tribute to the resistance and capacity of society to overcome the difficulties and painful moments it has experienced and how its resilient spirit provides opportunities to generate new directions and perspectives.
- Pablo Escobar Neighborhood
Contrary to what might be expected from a capo dedicated to illicit activities, Escobar refused to remain anonymous, and, claiming the role of “man of the people”, he built a neighborhood called “Medellín sin Tugurios” or as its inhabitants call it “Pablo Escobar’s neighborhood” for the victims of the Moravia fire in Medellín. This allowed him to obtain the votes that made him deputy mayor of the Medellín City Council.
In the hills of Medellín, a neighborhood that for 37 years was forgotten by the State, live some 16,000 people, some of whom still remember with gratitude the most feared capo in Colombian history, Pablo Escobar Gaviria, who was, for some of the inhabitants of this popular sector in the central-eastern part of the capital of Antioquia, their “Colombian Robinhood”.