Convento & Iglesia de San Pedro Claver
- Plaza de San Pedro Claver
- 5 664-4991
- adult/child COP$8000/5000
- 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 5pm Sat & Sun
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This convent was founded by Jesuits in the first half of the 17th century, originally as San Ignacio de Loyola. The name was later changed in honor of Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver (1580-1654), who lived and died in the convent. Called the 'Apostle of the Blacks' or the 'Slave of the Slaves,' he spent all his life ministering to the slaves brought from Africa. He was the first person to be canonized in the New World (in 1888).
The convent is a monumental three-story building surrounding a tree-filled courtyard, and part of it is open as a museum. Exhibits include religious art and pre-Columbian ceramics. You can visit the cell where San Pedro Claver lived and died, and also climb a narrow staircase to the choir loft of the adjacent church. Guides, should you need one, are waiting by the ticket office and charge around around US$4/around US$5 for a Spanish/English tour for a group of up to seven people.