Colonial Sites in Cartagena
Set on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Cartagena is recognized by UNESCO for its colonial walled city, military forts, and ornate churches. From San Pedro Claver church to the Torre del Reloj city gate, here are the colonial sites you can’t miss. What to See
- Castillo de San Felipe: This mountaintop fort was built in the 17th century.
- La Popa Monastery: Located at the top of Mount Popa, this monastery was founded by Augustinian monks in 1607.
- Torre del Reloj: This clock tower is the original entrance to the fortified city of Cartagena.
- Plaza de la Aduana: The Old Town is home to this large square where the former Royal Customs House is now the City Hall.
- San Pedro Claver church: This church was built in the early 17th century along with its monastery.
- Cathedral of Cartagena: Construction began on this cathedral in 1577 and continued for more than 80 years.
How to Visit
- Climb aboard the hop-on hop-off bus for quick access to 10 stops across the city.
- Book a historical walking tour within the colonial walled city to learn about the influence of the Spanish.
- Set out on an architecture-focused tour for an in-depth look at the architectural style of Cartagena.
- Cover ground quickly with a bike tour.
- Explore at your own pace with an informative audio guide.