Convent of San Pedro Claver, Cartagena

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  • Convent of San Pedro Claver
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    Convent of San Pedro Claver

    by IrishFem Written Jul 10, 2009

    San Pedro Claver church was founded by the Jesuits in the early part of the 17th century. The church was originally named San Ignacio de Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) and was later renamed San Pedro Claver after the Spanish born monk who spent all his life helping the slaves from Africa. You can take the tour with an English speaking guide who are on standby at the ticket office. You will see the room where he lived and died and also visit the church where they first kept his remains but later had to move them because of the many people who surrounded his coffin, it was too dangerous so they had to move his remains to the church. It is said that when he gave confession he kept a bottle of wine and offered a glass to the slaves. You will also visit the museum which has a lot of religious art and a beautiful open air garden with fruit trees. I did this tour with one of the Jesuits and l must say it was very interesting. Expect to pay 6 dollars for the tour per person.

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