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, the tower was rebuilt in the late 1800s to house a pendulum clock, replaced in the 1900s with a superior Swiss clock which in fact is still in operation today. In 1888, a massive renovation was completed resulting in an eight-sided gothic construction affording the public a view of the time from all four cardinal points. Certainly the best place to begin your visit to the old city, the Clocktower is a must-visit spot for anyone interested in history and culture.

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