Top Places to See in the Old Walled City you must visit.

The Top Places to See in the Old Walled City

Santuario de San Pedro Claver

This religious complex is the home of the Church of St. Peter Claver, cloisters, and an archaeological museum.  It gives a fascinating look into Cartagena’s history.


The Top Places to See in the Old Walled City

Cathedral of Cartagena

This stunning church, also known as the Cathedral Santa Catalina, is one of the most iconic buildings of Cartagena.


The Top Places to See in the Old Walled City

Plaza Santo Domingo

This charming little square is full of outdoor eateries and features a bronze statue of La Gorda Gertrudis (Fat Gertrude), one of Botero’s many statues (read more about Botero here). If you have been feeling a bit unlucky lately, you can give Gertrude’s breast a rub.  It is said to give you good luck!  The plaza is a great place to visit in the evening for dinner or a nightcap.


The Top Places to See in the Old Walled City

The Old City Walls

Like many cities around the world, Cartagena was protected by her city walls.  The walls were originally built along the water (the existing land surrounding the walls is the result of landfill) starting in 1614 and most sections were completed by 1631. You can walk along the walls of the city taking in views of the ocean and the modern highrises of New Cartagena.


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Gallery Hopping In The Old City

Museo del Oro Zenu  (Gold Museum)

Although Colombia’s main Gold Museum is located in Bogota, Cartagena’s Gold Musem displays some remarkable artwork by Colombia’s indigenous population in the pre-Hispanic era.   Most of the pieces were created by the  Zenú people, who lived in the plains south of Cartagena.

Bovedas of Cartagena

Las Bovedas

Completed in 1789, Las Bovedas was the last section of the old city walls to be finished and were originally used as storage space for munition explosives.  They were later used as dungeons and prison cells.  They are currently used as souvenir shops where you can pick up some last-minute souvenirs from your trip to Colombia.


The Top Places to See in the Old Walled City

The Palace of the Inquisition

This 18th-century building was the seat of the Holy Office of the Inquisition.  It is believed that up to 800 people were executed there including many Jewish people and other non-Catholics who had been accused of crimes such as “black magic”.  The palace now serves as a history museum and is a great place to learn about Cartagena’s history.


The Top Places to See in the Old Walled City

Crepes and Waffles

This chain of mid-priced cafes is one of Colombia’s major success stories with restaurants in Brazil, Peru, and Spain.  It was founded in 1980 by two students who wanted to create a French-style bistro.  They offer an extensive menu of international dishes including an impressive array of vegetarian options.  This is the perfect place for someone looking for high-quality, healthy food at an affordable price.

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