|A worker said the Centro Memoria will be |
completed in another two months, but I doubt it.
|The new Centro Memoria seen behind mausoleum pillars.|
It is to be the Centro Memoria, or Memorial Central, which I am told will contain exhibitions about Colombia's sadly violent history.
The Centro will fill a void, since Bogotá's many museums contain little about Colombia's troubled and tragic history of civil wars, narco cartels and guerrilla insurgencies. But I don't know the details of this new museum, and I wonder whether its exhibits will end with La Violencia or Pablo Escobar, or something like that.
El Bogotazo were likely buried in mass graves. The block contains huge mausoleums, now empty. People working on the site say the structures will probably be demolished, perhaps to make way for football pitches - which would be an excellent addition for youths from the troubled Santa Fe neighborhood just to the south. But it will be a pity to lose the mausoleums, particularly since artists decorated them with thousands of images of people carrying stretchers, representing victims of Colombia's violence.
The center already has a website: http://www.centromemoria.gov.co/
Bogotá's History of Assassinations
Remembering Jorge Eliecer Gaitan
|Artists decorated the empty mausoleums with thousands of images of people carrying bodies with stretchers.|
|'Life is Sacred.'|
|The wide sidewalk has become a living space for homeless people.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours