Historical Center

The city’s center features the biggest and best conserved examples of republican architecture including the Palace of Government, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Sanz Building (originally the prestigious Europa Hotel). Other architectural gems include the Isabel la Católica Highschool built in the 1930s; the Concentración Juan XXIII, one of the oldest examples of “bahareque” the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which was built to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Manizales, which is an example of the architecture of the transition period; and the Cable Station, a huge wooden building that use to be the central cable station, connecting Manizales with Mariquita. At the time it was built, it was one of the largest in the world. Currently it houses the department of Architecture of the National University.

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