Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Cartagena, Colombia


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 5 sights
Distance 2.5 km
Ascend 32 m
Descend 51 m

Explore Cartagena in Colombia with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in CartagenaIndividual Sights in Cartagena

Sight 1: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Martin St-Amant (S23678) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is a fortress in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. The castle was built in 1536 and is located on the Hill of San Lázaro in a strategic location, dominating approaches to the city by land or sea. It was originally known as the Castillo de San Lázaro. It was built by African slave labor under Spanish supervision during the colonial era. The fortress was involved in several battles between the late 17th to early 19th centuries between European powers.

Wikipedia: Castle San Felipe de Barajas (EN)

1599 meters / 19 minutes

Sight 2: Puerta del Reloj

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The Puerta del Reloj, Torre del Reloj or Boca del Puente is the main city gate of the historic center of Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia and the original entrance of the fortified city. It is located between the squares Plaza de Independencia and Plaza de los Coches. The name "Puerta del Reloj" responds to the clock with which it was crowned at the beginning of the 18th century. While the name of Boca del Puente is due to the fact that during the colonial period, a drawbridge was raised at the foot of the channel of San Anastasio, which linked the walled city to the legendary Getsemaní neighborhood. In addition the bridge served like defense of the city, since in case of enemy attack, this one was raised to prevent the access of buccaneers and pirates.

Wikipedia: Puerta del Reloj, Cartagena (EN)

192 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: Catedral de Santa Catalina de Alejandría

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The Cathedral of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, officially the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, is located in the historic centre of Cartagena. It is the episcopal see of the Archbishop of Cartagena de Indias, one of the oldest episcopal sees in the Americas. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

Wikipedia: Cartagena Cathedral, Colombia (EN)

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 4: Parque de Bolívar

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Parque de Bolívar, also known as Plaza de Bolívar, is an urban park located in the historic center of the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias, capital of the Department of Bolívar. This urban space is an emblematic site of the city, full of historical and cultural symbolism, it was originally called Plaza de la Iglesia, later as Plaza Mayor, place where the great military acts of the time were carried out, but in 1610 the Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition was installed in Cartagena and took the name of Plaza de la Inquisición. In 1896 the equestrian statue of the Liberator Simón Bolívar was installed and since then it has been called "Plaza de Bolívar". The sculpture was modeled in Munich by the Venezuelan sculptor Eloy Palacios, it is made of bronze and its pedestal is made of granite from Finland, in addition to two replicas of them stand, respectively, in Maracaibo and Guayaquil.

Wikipedia: Parque de Bolívar (Cartagena de Indias) (ES)

455 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: Baluarte de Santo Domingo

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The Baluarte de Santo Domingo is a bastion located in Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia. The bastion of Santo Domingo has a particular importance, since it is the origin of the construction of the city walls of Cartagena de Indias in the early 17th century. This work of fortification was conceived around 1602 by the engineer Battista Antonelli and his nephew Cristóbal de Roda, also engineer, who decided to build it on the avenue through which the pirate Francis Drake had penetrated, in 1586.

Wikipedia: Bastion of Santo Domingo, Cartagena (EN)


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