The eight-storey mansion of the late drug baron Pablo Escobar has been demolished. Now it will be built park in memory of Escobar’s victims on the plot.
25 years after Pablo Escobar was shot and killed by special forces in the city of Medellin in Colombia, the drug bar’s huge mansion “Monaco Building” has been blown up and demolished. The eight-storey house in the murder capital of Medellin was the infamous drug addict’s home until 1988, but has fallen due in the years following the death of Escobar.
The authorities in Colombia wanted to get rid of the building to avoid the building becoming a tourist attraction and a symbol of Escobar’s heyday. The Monaco Building will be replaced by a public park dedicated to thousands of those who lost their lives in the country due to drug trafficking and gang crime.
– Today the building falls and hope grows. “It’s not possible to change what has been, but we can build a better present and a better future ,” said Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez in a television talk on Friday’s demolition, the New York Times writes .
Pablo Escobar is known for leading one of the world’s largest drug cartels, the infamous Medellin cartel. In the late 70s and 80s, the cartel settled on cocaine traffic from Colombia to the United States, and the Escobar raised so much money that the finance magazine Forbes in 1989 ranked the Columbian as the world’s seventh richest person.
Escobar has also been termed the richest criminal in world history.
Although it has been 25 years since Pablo Escobar’s death in December 1993, interest in the drug bar has risen in recent years, not least because of series such as “Narcos”.
His former luxury home, the “Monaco Building,” became a popular tourist attraction and symbol of Escobar’s heyday after the death of the drug bar.