Historical Sites

San Felipe’s Castle

San Felipe Castle

The largest military architectural complex in Latin America. Built by the Spaniards, the magnificence of this fortification is evident from the first moment it enters: tunnels, canyons, secret passageways, underground galleries and powder warehouses that transport the visitor to the 18th century, when English troops attacked the city and This castle was his main defense mechanism. Its construction, which began in 1647, lasted 10 years to finish, the work was directed by the teacher Gaspar Mejía. Tourists from different parts of the world that land in Cartagena, get to know this badge of the continent on guided tours in which some of its history is told while walking through its tunnels and roads. You can buy souvenirs and various objects in their gift shop, located inside the castle.

The Vaults

The Vaults

This set of 23 vaults, in times of war, allowed military troops to travel freely without suffering the impasses of the Caribbean climate. Initially it was conceived as a prison and warehouse for gunpowder and food for the troops. After its restoration, artisan shops, antiques, galleries and bars are currently operating, becoming a favorable place for the purchase of souveniers and Colombian art. Visiting the vaults is a walk with history and ideal for an afternoon of shopping. Be sure to visit “La Garita Local # 23”, where you will find the best Colombian handicrafts, made by local artisans.

La Popa Mount

Cerro de la Popa

On the highest hill in Cartagena, an architectural relic stands out for its lavish facade, construction that is visible from any point of the city. It is the "Convent of La Candelaria", the main reason why believers climb this mountain, located approximately 150 meters above sea level. Between processions that last for hours and visits to the interior of this jewel built in 1606, thousands of tourists get to know the place that was once a point of reference for the boats that approached Cartagena: sailors pointed to the hill saying that it resembled the stern of a boat.

India Catalina

India Catalina

Bronze sculpture by the Spaniard Eladio Gil Zambrano in 1974. He is one of the most representative characters in the history of Cartagena during the colonial period. This monument reminds us of the history of this beautiful aboriginal, daughter of Chief Galeras that was kidnapped by Spanish conquerors when she was just a child. Twenty years later, she reunited with his family and was known as "La Pacificadora" for being a mediator of indigenous tribes and helping the Spanish in the search for treasures. It is located in the gazebo of Chambacy and today is the flagship of the International Film Festival in Cartagena.

Old Shoes

Old Shoes

Located at the rear of Castillo San Felipe, this monument stands in homage to Dos Luis Carlos López, a Cartagena poet who became famous for the sonnet titled with the same name: “You were heroic in colonial times, when your children, eagles flows, they were not a swift caterva. (…) You can very well inspire that affection that one has for their old shoes… ” Built by the Colombian sculptor Héctor Lombana.

Pegasos Monument

Pegasus Monument

Three mythical steeds are located on the left side of the Cartagena Convention Center. It is a work donated in 1992 by the Colombian artist Héctor Lombana. It is one of the attractions that welcomes the City Center (located in the Bay of Las Animas) and where tourist guides commonly offer their services to tourists and residents.