The patrimonial significance of Jericó lies in the homogeneity of a whole city: its architectural essence and process of the colonization of Antioquia are both characterized by elements of colonial and Republican style.
This town is located to the southwestern part of Antioquia. It also has great historical significance because, until the early twentieth century, it was the capital of the department that had the same name as one of the nine departments of Antioquia, and one of the 25 provinces of Colombia.
One of its symbols is the carriel, which is a small leather satchel to store documents and personal items used by the mule drivers.
Visit this town that is 104 kilometers from Medellín because, there, you can go to some well-known sites of worship and other places where you can get in touch with nature, which is one of its main attractions.
Bolivar Square and Reyes Park
Its colonial architecture, characterized by the design of doors and balconies, is complemented by the presence of breathtaking trees such as cedars, kapoks, tree strawberry and palms. For your entertainment, check out the bars, clubs, cafes and shops around town.
Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes Cathedral
This building, constructed in brick, is characterized by the height of its columns. Inside, you can observe an organ of 1,235 flutes, a crucifix made in 1880 and an oil painting of the Virgin of Mercy [Virgen de las Mercedes], brought to the country in 1850.
Visit the main temple of the local diocese and get into an area full of objects that have become historical relics.
Enjoy an amusing tour of 750 meters linking Del Salvador or de Cristo Rey Hill with Las Nubes Hill; there you will see beautiful landscape with the topography of the town and its surroundings. Every year in August, the Kite Festival is held there.
Las Nubes Park
The park is home to many different species, such as eagles, toucans, snakes and deer. Enjoy nature and its characteristic aromas as you hike down an eco trail surrounded by greenery.
The park is considered an environmentally-protected area.
It is located at 2,400 meters above sea level and can be accessed by the cable car that leaves from the station located at El Salvador Hill.
This is a condominium setting that re-creates the traditional architecture of the Antioquia towns. There is a church (inspired by the Cathedral of Salamina, Caldas), a central park, a city hall, a rectory, a school, rural inns, a stable, shops, playground, soccer fields, sports courts and eco trails.
There you can spend some time sailing the Cauca River with optional sport fishing. You can also find restaurants where you can enjoy a variety of traditional dishes.
If you go from Medellin, take the Amagá - Bolombolo – Puente Iglesias Highway.
In several saddle workshops, they manufacture the carriel in the traditional way. The carriel is a typical bag made of leather and is considered a symbol of Antioquia.
It is characterized by its compartments and pockets, some of them hidden, in which the mule drivers used to carry valuables. If it interests you, you will have the opportunity to learn the process of making this very regional object.
Birthplace of Blessed “Madre Laura"
This place honors the Blessed Madre Laura, sanctified by the Pope John Paul II in 2004. There, you will see the font where she was baptized, several family pictures, and some of her personal belongings.
The house, inhabited by the Missionary Sisters of this community, also has a chapel.
Museum of Religious Art
At this museum, certain pieces of historical and religious value are located, including the image of the Virgin of Mercy [Virgen de las Mercedes], painted in oils and elaborated in carved wood in 1698. You can also lay your eyes on the bells of the first cathedral, with a weight of 126 kilogram, and the Holy Sepulchre, built in 1900.
The museum opened in 1976. If you want to go, it is located in the basement of the Cathedral.
Municipal Archaeological Museum from the Southwest
This museum is located in the former House of Culture and has a collection of more than 1,800 artifacts from the area. You can also enjoy the exhibition rooms where national and international artists have presented their work.
Botanical Garden Los Balsos
Get close to nature taking a relaxing tour along the eco trails, wooden bridges, lakes and green spaces here at the base of Del Salvador Hill, four blocks away from the main park.