Not many Latin American cities can say that they have a castle, but Medellín is an exception. El Castillo Museum and Gardens was originally a residence built in 1930, but has since been turned into a museum. The castle displays elements of classic Gothic architecture, inspired by much older castles in France’s Loire Valley. By 1971, the castle and gardens had become a museum for the advancement of culture and art in Medellín.
The inside is as lavish as the outside, with several valuable collections on display. These include porcelain and china from European makers, Baccarat crystal glassware, and pieces of furniture from the early 20th century.
The gardens are just as well-maintained. You can enjoy walking through the courtyard of azaleas, the native forest, the contemporary garden, the Japanese garden, and the French garden. This last one is made to look like the typical gardens surrounding European castles, with bronze fountains and extensive floral ornamentations.