Colonial History in Cartagena
By Viator, February 2014
Tired of getting sacked by pirates, the Spanish crown decided to fortify the city; and to protect all that money, they had to fortify it well. Cartagena soon became one of the most protected colonial cities, and the principal Spanish port in South America.
Today, the narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site are filled with colonial architecture, friendly people, and beautiful balconies dripping with flowers, all adding up to an Old City enchantment that’s unique to Cartagena.
There’s plenty to see in the area of the Old City and just beyond, including the landmark Clock Tower, pre-Colombian gold pieces that are on display at the Gold Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the historical arches of Las Bovedas. For more colonial history, discover a priest’s fight against slavery at the San Pedro Claver church, learn about a fascinating but dark moment in Cartagena history at the Palace of the Inquisition, visit the oldest church in Cartagena on the Santo Domingo plaza, learn more about the independence of Cartagena at the San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and end your day at the Cerro de la Popa for excellent views of the sunset.
Tours & Tickets
Embark on a small-group sightseeing tour of Cartagena and experience the magnificence of its colonial architecture. Your guide will take you by minivan to this ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Calling all history buffs! Take part in a historical tour of Cartagena for a brief overview of the city's most famous historical landmarks. Visit the Castle ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Discover Cartagena’s rich history and beautiful colonial architecture on a guided walking tour of the city’s traditional old center. Learn about the culture of ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)