Cartagena Things to Do

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    Calle Tumbamuertos

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    The name of this calle stimulated my curiosity so I tried to look for info about it. The street in the past became an obligatory stop for funeral processions as it was closed to the cemetery. The poor conditions of the road caused several incidents with the coffins naking them fall down from the carriages where they were transported.

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    Plaza de los coches

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    This has been the former meeting place for slaves on market days. Today there are just horse carriages that wait for tourists who wish to take a ride through the historical centre. This is also a night life spot as after sunset the square becomes the stage of several jazz performers.

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    History museum

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    This museum is found within the palacio de la inquisicion that dates back to the XVIII century. It was opened in 1935 becaming the oldest museum of the city.Interesting are the maps showing the caribean during the colonial and pirate eras. One of the treasure you can fin here is the "witches weight" where you can learn about the odd question the "witches" were asked
    in the XVII century.

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    Santa Catalina de Alejandria cathedral

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    This cathedral is also known as the basilica menor and its construction began in XVII century. It was partially destroyed in 1586 after the attack of the British pirate Francis Drake.
    It is located in plaza de la inquisicion.

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    Palace of inquisition

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    The present and the past of this building can be described as a portrait of the evolution of Cartagena. Inquisition and its system of punishments were set up in 1610.
    The torture chambers are still preserved. This was also the first place where cultural events were held after the colonial era.

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    The clock tower

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    La torre del reloj is a neoghotic style building from the XIX century and still today it is the entrance to the walled city. It is the most representative architectural symbol of the city being its main gate since 1631.
    This tower was built by Luis Felipe Jaspe, a native of Cartagena.

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    Ramparts

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    Ramparts were built because of the continuous onslaught that this city suffered in the XVII century, from pirates like the famous Francis Drake. The city could resist thanks to a fortification of walls 11 kilometers long. The walls today are almost intact and the crenels today became a place where teens repair from sun.

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    Santo Domingo square

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    This is one of Cartagena night life spots in fact it's very lively after sunset cause of the many bars, musicians, theater groups, storytellers and other artists. Two monuments not to be missed here are the iglesia of Santo Domingo and la Gorda, the sculpture of Botero.

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    Isla del Encanto

    by Skibbe Written Jan 18, 2014

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    I didn't want to be this close to the Caribbean without finding a great beach to relax at so I booked this through my hotel in Cartagena. It is a private island in the Rosario Island chain. They take a few groups out there and you have it to yourself for the day. An excellent buffet lunch is included in the very reasonable price and they have optional activities such as a dolphin cruise. Easy and affordable way to have a day at a beautiful beach.

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    Palace of the Inquisition

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    Built in the 18th century, this is the site of the Holy Office--conductors of the Inquisition in Cartagena. They don't shy away from showing all sorts of torture devices. It gives a good history of the times and there is a good display on the city's history on the second floor (with air conditioning).

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    Church and Monastery of San Pedro Claver

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    San Pedro Claver was a 17th century Spanish missionary known as the "slave of the slaves." He became Colombia's first saint because of his care for the slaves getting off the ships at Cartagena before being sold. The monastery is a shady and pretty spot with many paintings to browse as you go through.

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    Wandering Around the Walled City

    by Skibbe Written Jan 18, 2014

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    The historic center of Cartagena has impressive colonial architecture, interesting churches and museums, and lots of good restaurants and plazas where you can cool off from the Caribbean humidity. I spent a full day here and then came back a couple of times to enjoy it in the evening. There are guides and maps available but so much more fun just to get lost and see what you run into.

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    Las Muralas

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jul 10, 2012
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    The city walls or Las Muralas were constructed in the late 16th century after numerous successful pirate attacks on the city. The walls are amazingly still 80% intact and most of the major tourist sites are within the walls.

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    Carriage rides

    by JessieLang Written Apr 5, 2012

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    There are a lot of horse carriages for hire in Cartagena. It might be easiest to have your hotel arrange it, but you can also go to the Plaza of Horses and Carriages (by the main city gate) and look for one there. That is where they collect before picking up their passengers.

    I don't know the price (I didn't hire one) but it would depend on the length of the ride. I think they hole 4 people, 2 facing in each direction

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    Outdoor Art

    by JessieLang Written Apr 5, 2012

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    As you walk around Cartagena, you will see lots of art--not just the usual statues in the parks and plazas, although there are a lot of them also. There are probably 8-10 sculptures by Silvia Vari scattered around town. I really like a metal sculpture by Ricardo Cardona, located by the Bastion. One downtown building has a marble plaque with a poem by Luis Lopez, the city's most famous poet. Even some of the grafitti looks like art!

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