Cartagena has many places to visit for people looking for knowledge of  the local history as Cartagena is a cultural mecca. There are several wonderful museums, public squares and historic buildings to visit, see and experience. For those lacking time or looking for detail, we recommend one of our guided tours.
In each tour, you are led around the city by a professional, historically-certified guide who will awe you with the significance of each and every spot visited along the tour.
However, many people are more interested in seeing the city on their own and prefer to get lost in the magic of Cartagena and learn about the history in a different way. 
Here, we´ve created a summary of the most famous locations and monuments which you can check out on your own and use as your own personal guide.
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Located steps from Cartagena’s historic wall overlooking the sea, Nohra Haime Gallery offers tasteful works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists. This beautiful gallery is a must-visit spot for curious travelers and serious collectors alike. Originally established in New York in 1981, NH Gallery…

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Conveniently hidden in the heart of Getsemani, Ciudad Movil (Mobile City) is an eclectic, vibrant jewel of a space mixing an art gallery, dance studio, restaurant, bar and concert-space all under one roof.  One of the first independent cultural centers in the city, Ciudad Movil was created…

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Casa Museo La Presentacion is a world-class heritage center where patrons can immerse themselves in the local culture, enjoying music, dance, theater and visual arts all under one roof. Opened in February 2013, this former college is now a famous heritage site and a focal point for…

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Constructed on the ruins of Iglesia Merced in 1625, Teatro Adolfo Mejia was built to celebrate the first centenary of the Colombian Republic in 1911. Notably, it was designed and built by the same architect who conceived the equally splendid Clocktower. Originally named “Teatro Municipal”,…

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The Cathedral of Cartagena, (officially named Catedral Basa­lica Metropolitana de Santa Catalina de Alejandra) is located deep in the old city.  It is the episcopal sight of the Archbishop of Cartagena de Indias, one of the oldest episcopal sights in the Americas which continues to run…

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The Cathedral of San Pedro Claver was first built in 1575, destroyed by Sir Francis Drake in 1586, and rebuilt in 1602. It was eventually named for a Spanish-born Jesuit priest, Pedro Claver, who arrived in Cartagena in 1610.

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El Portal de los Dulces..Known as Plaza del Juez or Plaza de la Yerba, the triangular plaza just behind Puerta del Reloj was once used as a market for enslaved people and is the most central plaza in the city.The place is called El Portal...

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One of the most popular squares in the old city, Plaza Santo Domingo is regularly packed with tourists.  Aptly named for the church situated on one of its corners, the plaza has hundreds of tables from the myriad restaurants encircling its perimeter and is a…

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Frequented by locals, travelers, hippies, families and everyone in between, Plaza de la Trinidad is a lovely place to hang out at night. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, people from all walks of life, and you can almost always find some kind of…

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Worth visiting for the elegant, colorful architecture, Plaza de la Aduana is one of the most extensive areas in the walled city, with many restaurants, banks and exchange shops – beware, it is always a good idea to shop around for the best exchange rate…

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An oasis during the day, Plaza Bolivar is one of the few plazas that is quiet and yet always full of locals. With plenty of trees offering shade from the hot sun, four fountains offering peaceful background noise and lots of benches on which to…

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Around the time of its founding in 1533, Cartagena was the principal port from which the Spanish Crown transported its greatest riches and so, it was necessary to construct extremely strong fortifications to repel attacks by pirates and would-be thieves. Constructed by the in stages,…

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The Palace of the Inquisition is certainly one of the most imposing buildings in the area. With a regal, baroque entrance, one of the largest interior courtyards and several artfully maintained gardens, this site offers an excellent example of period opulence.

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In 1601, possibly the most famous landmark in Colombia, “La Torre de Reloj” was built to connect, via drawbridge, Getsemani with old Cartagena. Originally referred to as “La Boca del Puente” (The Mouth of the Bridge), it is the principal entrance to the old city.

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For one of the best vantage points in the old city, head to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This massive and impressive fortification is not for the light of heart – the fort itself is huge with enormous, steeply inclined walls, many meters thick. The…

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With forty-seven arches and twenty-three domes, Las Bóvedas (The Vaults) is easily one of the most architecturally interesting structures within the old city walls and was in fact, the final structure built.

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Located in the walled city on Plaza de San Pedro Claver, next to a church of the same name, the Museum of Modern Art is small but hugely significant to local culture. With a focus on broadening regional art appreciation and conservation, the museum has…

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