Cartagena - Bolivar
Cartagena de Indias is Bolivar´s departmental capital and was declared World Heritage by the Unesco.
It is one of the most touristic places in the Colombian Caribbean coast.
It has aproximately 20 kms of beaches that begin in La Boquilla, cross Crespo, Marbella, El Cabrero, Bocagrande el Laguito and Castillogrande.
The most interesting places to visit are:
-Palacio de la Inquisición
Builded in 1770, a place where you can see objects used for torturing during the inquisition time (rack, the water torture with a pitcher, string)
11 kilometers of fortified walls that surround the old city or “corralito de piedra”.
-Fortaleza - Castillo de San Felipe
Constructed by the Spanish Crown, inside there are galleries and a system of tunnels for military purposes.
Builded in the middle of the XVIII century, 23 vaults, first they were used to store fireworks and then as prisons. Today you can find a big variety of handicrafts.
-Plaza de Bolivar
A famous square of the city where The Simon Bolivar statue stand, in between the Cathedral, La Governación, The Library Bartolomé Calvo del Banco de la República and the Gold Museum.
-Plaza de la Aduana
Around this square there are La Alcaldía, the house of Marques de Premio real and the Cristobal Colón statue.
-Plaza de los Coches
It was the center of the slave trade, now it is very famous in the city as a place to enjoy the Portal de los dulces (candies) and the clock tower gates, both symbols of the city.
-Plaza de San Pedro Claver
One of the most recognized religious architecture works, The Church of San Pedro Claver The Slave of The Slaves, was constructed here.
-Plaza de Santa Teresa
Around this square there are a variety of religious, military and civil constructions: The Caribbean Naval Museum, “el Baluarte de San Francisco” and the Convent of Santa Teresa, which today works as a 5 star hotel.
-Plaza de Santo Domingo
Here you can find the Cloister and Church of Santo Domingo. At night it´s a nice place to enjoy special moments at one of the bars and restaurants.
-Plaza de la Merced
Here you can find the Cloister and La Merced Chapel. The Chapel is today home of the Heredia theater group.