Puerta del Reloj


Originally called the Boca del Puente, this was the main gateway to the inner walled town and was linked to Getsemaní by a drawbridge over the moat. The side arches of the gate, which are now open as walkways, were previously used as a chapel and armory. The republican-style tower, complete with a four-sided clock, was added in 1888.

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1. Plaza de los Coches

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2. Muelle Turístico de los Pegasos

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3. Old Town

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4. Plaza de la Aduana

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5. Catedral

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6. Museo del Oro Zenú

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7. Plaza de Bolívar

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8. Museo de Arte Moderno

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