Museo del Oro Zenú
This museum is like a miniature version of Bogotá's world-class gold museum, Museum del Oro. Though small, it offers a fascinating...
Plaza de Bolívar
Formerly the Plaza de Inquisición, this leafy and shaded plaza is surrounded by some of the city's most elegant balconied colonial...
Palacio de la Inquisición
The Palace of the Inquisition may today be one of the finest buildings in the city, but in the past it housed the notoriously...
If the street juice-stands scare you, this is a lovely sanitized version on Plaza de los Coches. All the yummy fruits are represented in...
An ecclectic and popular place filled with curios, this charmer sells fresh bread and offers a full menu. Daily lunch specials include a...
Calle de los Santos de Piedra · interesting places nearby
Work on Cartagena’s cathedral began in 1575, but in 1586, while still under construction, it was partially destroyed by the cannons of Francis Drake, and was not completed until 1612. Alterations were made between 1912 and 1923 by the first archbishop of Cartagena, who covered the church with stucco and painted it to look like marble. He also commissioned the dome on the tower.
Restoration work has uncovered the lovely limestone on the building's exterior, and apart from the tower's top, the church has basically preserved its original form. It has a fortlike appearance and a simply decorated interior that features three naves and massive semicircular archways supported on high, stone columns. The main retable, worked in gold leaf, dates from the 18th century. You can take a self-guided audio tour that lasts about 25 minutes.