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Plaza San Nicolas, Barranquilla

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A visit to Barranquilla would feel incomplete without a visit to its social and cultural epicenter, Plaza San Nicolas--home to a magnificent church and a bustling market. The square and church underwent a comprehensive restoration from 2009 to 2011, breathing new life and color into the area. Marvel at the 18th-century church's ornate red and white facade, flanked by two towers. The market that takes place here is huge, vibrant, and full of affordable snacks and goods. Take a camera along to capture the renewed splendor of this plaza. To visit Plaza San Nicolas and other attractions in Barranquilla, use our Barranquilla vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Barranquilla

Equipped to host the largest festival in the country, Barranquilla has a good set of accommodations catering to a range of tastes, budgets, and interests. Either side of Carrera 46, find pristine chain hotels and smaller independent options with extensive amenities, such as rooftop swimming pools, modern spas, and popular restaurants. Look to the more residential areas for budget-friendly guesthouses, and consider booking a rental apartment if planning on a longer stay. Economical options cluster around Paseo Bolivar, but note the area can be rather sketchy. Be sure to reserve well in advance if planning on visiting for Mardi Gras in February.
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  • went there at night before carnaval lots of people little skechy at times but ot to bad overal. it is close to the mall and lots of little tiendas and places to eat. seems to be police presence there ...  more »
  • They made a great job restorating the city center of Barranquilla. They have amanzing “old” buildings and the Plaza San Nicolás with it's detailed painted and decorated church is just amazing.  more »
  • This church has been in the center of the city. Almost abandoned and now reborn. As a native I am very impressed by the work completed. I remembered stopping there with my mom as a child it was a dark...  more »
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  • One of the architectural jewels of Barranquilla. After the restoration is stunning. Failure to recover more public space in its surroundings.
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  • For its historical value... It was the first square which had Barranquilla... Main square... Next to the Plaza de Bolívar ride...
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  • This nicely remodeled
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  • Beautiful is the way how it has retained the architecture of majestic Church and its square
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  • Absolute recovery of space public
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