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 you enter: tunnels, canyons, secret passageways, underground galleries and stores of gunpowder that transports visitors to the eighteenth century when British troops attacked the city and this castle was its main defense mechanism. Its construction, which began in 1647, took 10 years to complete, the work was directed by maestro Gaspar Mejia. Tourists from all over the world come to Cartagena to get to know this icon of the continent through guided tours in which some of its story is told from side to side the tunnels and paths.  You can buy souvenirs and various items in their gift shop, located inside the castle.

The Vaults

The Vaults

This set of 23 vaults used in wartime by military troops allowed them to move freely without suffering from the harsh Caribbean climate. Initially it was conceived as prison and storage for powder, magazines, and provisions of the troops. After its restoration, craft shops, antiques, galleries and bars operate inside, making it a favorable environment for buying souvenirs and Colombian art. Visiting the vaults is a walk through history and ideal for an afternoon of shopping. Do not miss "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 of Cartagena, an architectural relic stands out for its magnificent facade construction, visible from anywhere in the city. It is the site of "Convento de La Candelaria" which is the main reason why believers climb the mountain, located approximately 150 meters above sea level. Between endlessly long processions and visits to the interior of this jewel built in 1606, thousands of tourists flock to see the place that used to be a reference point for ships as they approached Cartagena, the navigators pointed to the hill saying that it resembled the stern of a boat.

India Catalina

India Catalina

Bronze sculpture by Spanish Eladio Gil Zambrano in 1974. It is one of the most iconic characters in the history of Cartagena during the colonial period. This monument commemorates this beautiful native woman, daughter of Chief Galeras, who was kidnapped by the Spanish conquistadors when she was a child.  Twenty years later, he was reunited with his family and was known as "The Peacemaker" to be a mediator of indigenous tribes and helping the Spaniards in search of treasure. The monument is located on the Chambacy roundabout and is also the logo of the Cartagena’s International Film Festival.

Old Shoes

Old Shoes

Located at the rear section of Castillo San Felipe, this monument was erected in honor of Don Luis Carlos López, a local poet who became famous for his sonnet called “A mi ciudad nativa”: “You were heroic in colonial times, when your children were golden eagles, not just a bunch of swifts. (…)  How you are able to inspire the affection that one has for one old shoes…”. Built by the Colombian sculptor Hector Lombana.

Pegasos Monument

Monument to the Pegasos

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