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Minillas Government CenterThe Minil­las Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter (Cen­tro Guber­nal­men­tal Minil­las) is a build­ing com­plex in the heart of the San­turce area that can be seen from most of the Condado/Miramar area.  It stands on the cor­ner of De Diego street and Román Bal­do­ri­oty de Cas­tro express­way, across the street from the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, and about 4–5 miles to the west of Luis Muñoz Marín Inter­na­tional Airport.

Like many gov­ern­ment build­ings in Puerto Rico, the Minil­las Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter is in a sad state.  So much so that one of the tow­ers was declared “sick” and par­tially closed for clean­ing just a cou­ple of years ago.

As a tourist, you prob­a­bly won’t have the need to visit the Minil­las Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter.  But there is one thing there that you might want to take a look at.  Right on the main square, between the two tow­ers, there’s a beau­ti­ful bronze statue “Mujer Recli­nada”  that every­body calls “la gorda” (the fat lady) that’s lay­ing com­fort­ably on her side between the buildings.

I’m not sure what was exactly the mes­sage that the artist (Fer­nando Botero) wanted to con­vey with this won­der­ful piece of mod­ern art, but I like it!

 

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