Tomb of Pablo Escobar
Tomb of Pablo Escobar Medellin Reviews
A colombian myth, and not only........... Jan 25, 2015
Some words about Pablo: Born in Medellin the first day of December 1949. Other nicknames about him, is El Patron(no1), El Doctor, Don Pablo, El Senor and El Magico. As a teenager on the streets of Medellín, he began his criminal career by allegedly stealing gravestones and sanding them down for resale to smugglers.
Escobar was involved in many criminal activities, running petty street scams, selling contraband cigarettes and fake lottery tickets, and stealing cars.
In middle of 70's, Escobar started developing his cocaine operation.
Soon Escobar became known internationally as his drug network gained notoriety; the Medellín Cartel controlled a large portion of the drugs that entered into the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Spain with cocaine produced with coca from Peru and Bolivia through other drug dealers such as Roberto Suárez Gómez, since Colombian coca was initially of substandard quality and demand for more and better cocaine increased. Escobar's cocaine reached many other countries in America and Europe through Spain; it was even rumoured that his network reached as far as Asia.
During the height of its operations, the cartel brought in more than $60 million per day!!!
In 1989, Forbes magazine estimated Escobar to be one of 227 billionaires in the world with a personal net worth of close to US$30 billion (equivalent of US$58 billion in 2014) while his Medellín cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market.
While seen as an enemy of the United States and Colombian governments, Escobar was a hero to many in Medellín (especially the poor people); he was a natural at public relations and he worked to create goodwill among the poor people of Colombia. A lifelong sports fan, he was credited with building football fields and multi-sports courts, as well as sponsoring children's football teams.Escobar was responsible for the construction of many hospitals, schools and churches in western Colombia. He worked hard to cultivate his Robin Hood image, and frequently distributed money to the poor through housing projects and other civic activities, which gained him notable popularity among the poor. The population of Medellín often helped Escobar serving as lookouts, hiding information from the authorities, or doing whatever else they could to protect him.
Pablo Escobar lived several years in the opulence, and his fame had spread around the planet!
Αll nice but once finished....American government in partnership with USA navy seals, Delta Force, and Search bloc(a special Colombian police task force), were put end to kill him at any cost.
So, 2 December 1993, Pablo Escobar surrounded by dozens of police officers were killed on the roof of a middle-class barrio in Medellin.
My first day in Medellin city, i explored the city centre, i ate breakfast in a small cafe of the streets of Medellin, and then i catched a taxi for the cemetery where are buried Pablo Escobar and his family. Distance from the centre is about 25-30 minutes.
when I arrived, I climbed a small hill at the entrance of the cemetery, and I found myself in an area with hundreds of graves. Taxi driver wait for me, but did not know or could not remember exactly where the family tomb is. I asked a man - employee of the cemetery - and he led me there.
Τhe tomb even nowdays preserved in good condition. I stand some minutes, i saw what the gravestones wrote, i took some photos, and i gave sign to my taxi driver, to return back.
Sure Medellin city hasn't many highlights as other cities, and remains another one dangerous and risky southamerican city. I consider that Pablo's tomb is a highlight of the city. When i growing up, growing and his reputation, so Pablo Escobar was a person employed very often the news, even in a small country such as Greece.
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