‘Medellín - Pablo the killer’
The city of Medellín will undoubtedly by many recall the name of Pablo Escobar.
In the recent history this drug lord has had an enormous and extremely negative impact on the city.
Today in Medellín you make a Pablo Escobar tour.
During a few hours you’re taken to different places in town that are associated with him, such as the building where he lived, the rooftop where he was shot in 1993, apartment blocks he has built and the cemetery where he’s buried.
None of these places are spectacular or even beautiful. But the amount of information you get, is worth the money for the tour.
This was the second time I joined a group in Medellín . The guide and the driver of the van were very young Colombians who recounted in perfect English the life of the drug baron with testimonies of old newspaper clippings and photographs.
Such a tour is very interesting but again, not for the sights but for the information.
It surely gave me a different perspective on this man.
Before my journey to Colombia I had heard that Pablo Escobar was a controversial figure who had also done well for the poor. It seemed a bit of a Colombian Robin Hood.
However, this must be strongly nuanced. It’s true that he gave homes to the poor. He built hundreds of new homes in Medellín and gave them to the inhabitants of the slums. This provided him great popularity.
But his only reason for doing so was to bind these people to him. After all, he needed people who would protect him when in need.
Born in a middle class family, he never knew poverty. As of early age he had only one dream: to become filthy rich. He succeeded.
At a certain moment Escobar earned about $ 60 million a day. The business magazine Forbes called him the eighth richest man in the world. That was the time when his Medellín Cartel organized 80 % of the world trade of cocaine.
A hero to some, but a ruthless killer for many.
It is estimated that he was directly responsible for 8.000 murders. Several judges and politicians have been killed by his cartel.
In 1989 Pablo Escobar had placed a bomb on a passenger flight. The intention was to kill a Colombian politician. The bomb exploded in the plane and 110 persons have been killed. (Afterwards the politician did not appear to be on board. Later he even became president).
Pablo Escobar was buried on one of the most expensive and well-kept cemeteries of Medellin.
Every day there are flowers on his grave. Of course many relatives of him are still living.
For the avoidance of doubt, it’s not certain at all that the two Colombian ladies at his grave on the picture are admirers of him. Possibly they just wanted to visit this grave and take a picture just as everyone in our group has done.
In the workshop a picture of a painting of Fernando Botero that you can see in the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín.
In pure Botero-style it depicts Pablo Escobar when he was shot by the police on the roof of his refuge.
Information from The Rough Guide to Colombia, from Wikipedia and from the tour I joined in Medellín.
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jemaflor (103135) 2017-03-20 18:20
Une scène bien capturée pour évoquer ce célèbre homme de la région ... il y a des nostalgiques, bien cadré, une photo très colorée.
Nicou (151132) 2017-03-20 21:42
quelle vue et scène ces deux dame en trian de se photographier avec la tablette sueprbe compo.
Braov et amitié
holmertz (59194) 2017-03-21 2:24
This is a rather different kind of photo. When graves are seen on TE they are usually from ancient times, or show the last resting-place of someone famous from history or culture. But this one also represents an important, or at least significant part of Colombia's modern history. It is up to anyone to reflect on the fact that someone who destroyed the lives of so many people should be honored with such an elegant and expensive grave.
jhm (160077) 2017-03-21 6:23
Ook voor ons is vandaag een historische dag, dat we zullen onthouden zolang we nog leven.
Ook u was op er bijna bij betrokken gelukkig nam u die morgen de juiste beslissing.
Natuurlijk Colombia heeft een slechte reputatie aangaande moorden op bestelling.
Maar uw foto is mooi gemaakt als dagelijks leven beeld.
Goed samengesteld met beide dames in beeld.
Bedankt voor het delen.
Groeten uit een vrij zonnig Oost Vlaanderen,
Sergiom (88383) 2017-03-21 7:02
Je trouve assez difficile à croire que l'on ait fait un héros de ce sombre personnage en Colombie. C'est vrai que les américains ont fait la même chose avec leurs bandits de grand chemin.
ikeharel (78381) 2017-03-21 9:24
Just let me be blunt with my critique this time: I would not give gratitude and the honor of a picture in my album to this person and what he represented.
Anyway, disliking the subject, I can admit with my humble thoughts, the outcome of the picture is very good.
Fis2 (106484) 2017-03-21 10:55
Nice scene from daily life.
Curious place, beautiful flowers.
Good frame and colors.
cornejo (46826) 2017-03-21 11:44
Hello Paul, good photo of this interesting scene of daily life in the cemetery, very well captured in this interesting image, with good clarity, light, color and quality. A great work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
All the best from the south of Spain.
mesutilgim (97504) 2017-03-21 13:56
Hello dear Paul,
Interesting capture and TE entry, colorfull and eyecatching but of course with a sad story.
TFS and best regards
pajaran (65810) 2017-03-21 14:11
Lep pogled i trenutak, intresatan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa posetiocima.
Ostaju nam secanja ne jedno proslo vreme, istorija sve isprica.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
Beautiful view and the moment, intresatan and a good text ...
Good work with beautiful photography workshop, shown a nice place and a moment with visitors.
We are left with memories not a past tense, the history of all tell.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
ChrisJ (117897) 2017-03-21 16:57
Sounds like an interesting tour even though there are no pretty postcards. I wonder if Chicago runs tours of Al Capone haunts? The grave with flowers contrasts with the Japanese style zen garden of white pebbles. Tfs!
Tue (43464) 2017-03-21 23:56
Toch een beetje gek om op de foto te willen met het graf van iemand dit zoveel op zijn kerfstok had. Jouw foto laat de twee dames en hun fotomoment goed zien. Hun kleding en de bloemen, als ook de groene achtergrond zorgt voor een mooi kleurenpalet. De compositie is uitstekend.
emka (106816) 2017-03-22 0:02
Hello Paul, What a strange title, not specially inviting. such killer but there are fresh flowers on his grave. Very interesting note about Escobar. Interesting idea to join such a guided tour. Interesting painting by Botero, Not a nice view but he deserved his fate.
Kind regrad s Malgo
lousat (97645) 2017-03-22 2:40
Hi Paul,interesting post but i'm not interested to do a trip dedicated to this bad man and to visit his tomb...ehehe.but it's a useful post,the tourism industry haven't limits....ehehe...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Silvio1953 (153075) 2017-03-22 6:53
Ciao Paul, nice scene with photographer in action, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
sacimar (28745) 2017-03-22 9:14
this is part of Medellin´s history, good image of his tomb and good information of his life, you still can speak to people that admire him here... well seen,
macjake (72623) 2017-03-22 22:39
excellent note. I've watched the Netflix series on Pablo Escobar, so i'm familiar with this story and his exploits.
its amazing to see how 1 man can earn so much and control so much and be so powerful.
great to know that this city is now on the travel map, and that its safe. love the story, love the note, love the fact you're showing this. cheers
Cricri (125930) 2017-03-24 0:32
Bonne note info sur cet homme célèbre , incroyable de lui rendre hommage après tout ce qu'il a fait !! l'on ne sait pas vraiment le pourquoi ces dames se prennent en photo près de sa tombe....l'image et la scène malgré tout est belle
abmdsudi (57734) 2017-03-24 21:53
Fun and decent candid made by their posture and concentration of a shooter who makes the best subjects for others as well. Precisely timed with pleasing colours, Congrats