Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis is a notable and historic Roman Catholic church located in Envigado, which is worth seeing. The church is best known for its impressive and beautiful main alter.

This Greco-Romon church is located in Envigado, which is directly south of El Pobaldo. The church is located next to Parque Envigado, which is one of the most popular parks in the Medellín metro area.

In addition, this church is a hidden gem that isn’t visited by many tourists, as it isn’t in any of 10 English language Colombia travel guidebooks that I have. Note the above photo is the main nave in Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis.

History of Igelsia de Santa Gertrudis

Reportedly on September 25, 1859, more than 80 churchgoers in Envigado went to Father Julian Maria Upegui wanting him to ask the Bishop of Medellín at the time for permission to build a new church in Envigado to support a growing congregation.

The small church in the area was already outgrown and unable to support the increasing population in Envigado. Permission for building a new church was granted. And construction of the new church started in late 1859. But the project was quickly halted in 1860, due to a civil war in Colombia.

Simón de J. Herrera, in charge of the parish, finally addressed Valerio Antonio Jiménez on October 20, 1864 who was the Bishop of Medellín. He asked for permission to continue with the church construction. Permission was granted due to plans to tear down the small church in Envigado that wasn’t large enough.

So, construction resumed and Igelsia de Santa Gertrudis officially opened in February 1897. The church has operated continuously as a Roman Catholic church since it opened.

In 2001, a major restoration project of Igelsia de Santa Gertrudis began, which ended in 2006.

The impressive main alter in Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

The impressive main alter in Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

Inside Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

Inside the church you will find a beautiful interior that is green and white with some gold trim. Also, the main alter in the church is very impressive, which is in the photo above.

Example of religious artwork in the church

Example of religious artwork in the church

There are many pieces of religious artwork to be found throughout this church.

Stained-glass window in Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

Stained-glass window in Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

Another stained-glass window in the church

Another stained-glass window in the church

Another stained-glass window in the church

Another stained-glass window in the church

In addition, the church has many stained-glass windows.

Confessionals on the right side of the church

Confessionals on the right side of the church

Similar to many other churches in the city, Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis has confessionals that are found along the right and left aisles in the church.

Furthermore, the church has an organ on the second floor. This organ was reportedly built at the Xuclá Factory in Barcelona (Spain) and was originally installed in 1909.

The front of the right aisle in the church

The front of the right aisle in the church

Location of Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

Statue of Simon Bolivar in Parque Envigado with Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis in the background

Statue of Simon Bolivar in Parque Envigado with Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis in the background

Parque Envigado

Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis is located next to Parque Envigado in Envigado. Parque Envigado is popular with the church on one side and bars, restaurants and small shops of all kinds surrounding the park.

Parque Envigado

Parque Envigado

Parque Envigado is considered by locals to be a convenient place in Envigado to meet up with friends. In addition, Parque Envigado is also considered to be the epicenter of public events in Envigado. Outdoor concerts are sometimes held there.

Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis during Christmas, photo by laloking97

Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis during Christmas, photo by laloking97

Also, there is a Christmas light display in Parque Envigado each year and sometimes the church is decorated.

Location of Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

How to Get to Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis

Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis is located next to Parque Envigado. An easy way to get there is to take the Medellín metro Line A to the Envigado station. And Parque Envigado is located about a 10-minute walk east from this metro station. There are many people walking on the streets to/from the metro station. So, it’s relatively safe during the day.

In addition, there are frequent and inexpensive metro buses that run from the Envigado metro station to and from Parque Envigado.

Furthermore, any taxi or Uber driver in Medellín will know where Parque Envigado is located. It’s also relatively easy to catch a taxi at Parque Envigado.

Address: Carrera 42 # 37 Sur 20, Envigado

Phone: +57 4 331 2393

Email: santagertrudis@arqmedellin.co

Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Sunday

The Beautiful Churches in Medellín

In the metropolitan Medellín area, there are over 300 Roman Catholic churches. Most notably, a complete list of churches for the Archdiocese of Medellín can be found here.

We have looked at 19 other beautiful churches in the Medellín metro area in a series on this website:

  1. Catedral Basílica Metropolitana – the main church of the Archdiocese of Medellín and the largest church in the city.
  2. Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario – a church located in Bello that is arguably the most beautiful church in the Medellín metro area.
  3. Iglesia de La Candelaria – the oldest church in Medellín.
  4. Iglesia San Antonio and Plaza San Antonio – the church with the largest dome in Medellín located next to Plaza San Antonio with four Fernando Botero sculptures.
  5. Iglesia Jesús Nazareno – another of the most beautiful churches in Medellín.
  6. Iglesia de Santa Ana – a very popular church in Sabaneta located next to Parque Sabaneta.
  7. Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro – a beautiful Gothic-style church in Medellín.
  8. Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús – a beautiful neo-Gothic-style church located in Barrio Triste in Medellín.
  9. Iglesia de San José – a beautiful Boroque-style church located in El Centro, Medellín.
  10. Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias – a beautiful neo-Gothic-style church located in the Manrique neighborhood of Medellín.
  11. Iglesia San José – a beautiful Romanesque-style church located next to Parque Poblado in El Poblado.
  12. Iglesia de la Veracruz – a beautiful colonial church with a history that goes back to 1682, which makes it one of the oldest churches in Medellín.
  13. Iglesia de San Ignacio – a beautiful church in El Centro with a Baroque-style exterior and colonial interior.
  14. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora – a beautiful Roman-style church located next to Parque Belén in Medellín.
  15. Nuestra Señora Chiquinquirá – a beautiful church in La Estrella with a Neo-Gothic-style.
  16. Iglesia el Calvario – a beautiful Romanesque-style church in the Aranjuez comuna in Medellín.
  17. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Sufragio – a beautiful neo-Romanesque-style church in the Boston barrio in Medellín.
  18. Iglesia de San Benito – a beautiful neo-Romanesque-style church with a history that traces back to 1678, which make it one of the oldest churches in Medellín.
  19. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores – a beautiful Neo-Byzantine-style church in the La América comuna in Medellín.

We also have looked at Las Lajas Sanctuary located in Ipiales, Colombia, which is considered the most beautiful church in Colombia. It’s also considered by many to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world.

Inside Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis during mass

Inside Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis during mass

The Bottom Line: Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis and Parque Envigado

Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis isn’t found in any of the 10 English language Colombia travel guidebooks that I have. But it’s worth seeing this church as well as Parque Envigado.

Unfortunately, in my experience, most travel guidebooks in English about Colombia are missing many of the best places in the cities and pueblos in Colombia.

You could possibly combine seeing Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis and Parque Envigado while going for lunch or dinner at nearby Contenedores Food Place in Envigado in Envigado.