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    Plaza San Pedro

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 19, 2009

    This small plaza on the south side of the Walled city host Iglesia San Pedro along with the modern art museum. The plaza serves as a display area for scultpure from the museum.

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    Plaza de los Coches

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 18, 2009

    This plaza, once a slave market, was built around the main gate to the city. Today it preserves colorful colonial architecture and contains a candy market.

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    Plaza de la Aduana

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 18, 2009

    This is the largest and oldest square in Cartagena's old town. It got its name from formerly housing the Customs house. Today that building is the center of City government.

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    Las Bovedas

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 18, 2009

    The Las Bovedas are 23 dungeons built into the North side of the city walls in 1795. Today it has been converted into a tourist market.

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    Gold Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 18, 2009

    This small musuem of pre-Columbian artifacts (it's not just gold) is housed in a colonial building on Plaza Bolivar. The museum is free and has an excellent collection.

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    Convento de la Popa

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 16, 2009

    The Convent of the Stern overlooks the city from the highest point in town. This convent was established in 1607

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    The Premio Real House

    by cadzand Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Andalousian architecture for what once was the house of the Viceroy at the Customs Place near the ancient port.

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    San Francisco Defensive wall

    by cadzand Written Jul 4, 2007

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    San Francisco Javier defensive wall was built to protect the city from the invaders and pirates and surrounds a larger part of the old city.

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    The Simon Bolivar Museum

    by cadzand Written Jul 4, 2007

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    It is the first house-museum Simon Bolivar occupied during his stay in Cartagena. It was here, in 1812, that he wrote the Cartagena Manifesto.
    The building is now used as a student library.

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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    by el_ruso Written Aug 4, 2006

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    The illustrious writer is the most famous son of the city, and he still resides in the Old City in this large intensely colored mantion.

    His stories in part inspired me to take this trip.

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    Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

    by el_ruso Written Aug 4, 2006

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    This ascetic church was built by the Jesuits, and its namesake priest was famous for protecting the city's slaves. His remains are on display inside.

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    Castillo San Felipe

    by el_ruso Written Aug 4, 2006

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    This massive fortification (quite small on the inside) is the biggest Spanish fortress in the Americas, and was used to defend the city against the frequent attacks by the pirates and the British.

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    The Old City: 2 of 2

    by el_ruso Written Aug 4, 2006

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    The main reason to come here is to walk the streets of the beautifully restored colonial center and take in the sights, sounds and smells that are unlike anywhere else.

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    The Old City: 1 of 2

    by el_ruso Written Aug 4, 2006

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    The main reason to come here is to walk the streets of the beautifully restored colonial center and take in the sights, sounds and smells that are unlike anywhere else.

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    Chamber of Commerce

    by Bernd_L Updated Jun 2, 2006

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    This beautiful old house with the wooden balconies gives home to the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce. It’s a good example for the spanish construction style of the buildings in Cartagenas old quarter.

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