Founded on June 1, 1533 by Spanish commander Pedro de Heredia, and named after the town in Spain where most of his sailors had resided, Cartagena has a rich history as one of the most famous port towns ever. Most well-known of all are the 11 kilometers of walls surrounding the city, built across 200 years during the 17th Century by European engineers to protect against inevitable attacks by pirates and corsairs.

Check out some of the most popular historical attractions below and if you’re interested, give our city concierge a call and we’ll setup a tour for you.

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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. …

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The Cathedral of San Pedro Claver was first built in 1575, destroyed by Sir Francis Drake in 1586, and rebuilt…

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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...

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One of the most popular squares in the old city, Plaza Santo Domingo is regularly packed with tourists.  Aptly named…

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Frequented by locals, travelers, hippies, families and everyone in between, Plaza de la Trinidad is a lovely place to hang…

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Worth visiting for the elegant, colorful architecture, Plaza de la Aduana is one of the most extensive areas in the…

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An oasis during the day, Plaza Bolivar is one of the few plazas that is quiet and yet always full…

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Around the time of its founding in 1533, Cartagena was the principal port from which the Spanish Crown transported its…

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The Palace of the Inquisition is certainly one of the most imposing buildings in the area. With a regal, baroque…

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In 1601, possibly the most famous landmark in Colombia, “La Torre de Reloj” was built to connect, via drawbridge, Getsemani…

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For one of the best vantage points in the old city, head to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This massive…

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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…