Art and Culture

The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower

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. Where it once contained a chapel and a weapons room, …

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Las Bovedas

Las Bovedas

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. Contstructed at the turn of the 18th century by the Spanish engineer Antonio de Arevalo, Las Bóvedas was originally intended as a munitions …

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Las Murallas

Las Murallas

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, beginning in 1586, Las Murallas (the walls of the old …

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Plaza de la Trinidad

Plaza de la Trinidad

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 entertainment including musicians, dancers, acrobats or jugglers performing for spare change.  The …

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