Convento & Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

Convento & Iglesia de San Pedro Claver information

Location
Cartagena , Colombia
Address
Plaza de San Pedro Claver
Telephone
+57 5 664 4991
Prices
adult/child COP$8000/5000
Opening hours
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,' the monk spent all his life ministering to the enslaved people 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 as well as a new section devoted to Afro-Caribbean contemporary pieces like wonderful Haitian paintings and African masks.

You can visit the cell where San Pedro Claver lived and died in the convent, and also climb a narrow staircase to the choir loft of the adjacent church . Should you need one, guides (COP$16,000 in English for a group of up to seven) are generally found by the ticket office. Iglesia de San Pedro Claver was completed in the first half of the 18th century. The church has an imposing stone facade, and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. The remains of San Pedro Claver are kept in a glass coffin in the altar. His skull is visible, making this an altar with a difference.

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.