Convento La Popa de la Galera, Cartagena

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At the highest point in Cartagena, Convento La Popa de la Galera features an impressive interior, matched only by the  views stretching over the entire city. Founded in 1607 as a small wooden chapel, the convent now houses an image of the patroness of the city, La Virgen de la Candelaria. Outside stands a statue of a murdered local priest, killed for trying to spread Christianity. No public transport traverses the switchback road winding its way to the top of the hill, and walking up isn't advised for safety reasons in the extreme climate. Take a cab and try haggling for a better price. Plan your Convento La Popa de la Galera visit and explore what else you can see and do in Cartagena using our Cartagena online travel planner .
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  • The view, the history, the significvado of the place is estuopendo. But what really made it special was the presence of God in the place. It was really magical. A place that visitor when it is in Cartagena.
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  • The ascent is draconian, then combine with a taxi driver to take you, wait and get you. OK, so some pilgrims Ascend on their knees, but need not, huh? The convent itself is not surprising, it's no big deal, but the view is pretty cool, you can see everything, even the Castillo San Philip.
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  • High above the city is La Popa Monastery. Abandoned for over 120 years the Convento La Popa de la Galera is part of the Monastery. Take the time to read about the history of the Monastery which is dis...  more »
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  • Whether you're religious or not, this place is worth seeing just for the views of the city below. The Monastery is beautiful and well-preserved. There's a couple of vendors outside trying to sell the usual stuff but they leave you alone if you tell them, "no". Add this place to your list!
  • Best views in Cartagena. Well worth the drive and the $4 admission.
  • I thought it was worth it for the view here! You get to see the city of Cartagena from a high point. Truly breathtaking. It will cost you around 10000 COP to get into the monastery area to see the view. Must come here by a tour bus, a taxi or a uber. Walking here is not advisable because one, you're going uphill, and two, to put it in perspective, it's an hour walk from the fortress.
  • This place have great view and religious experience. History About the cartagena's Indians, agustinianos recoletos monks and María candelaria mother of God.
  • Great view of Cartagena and a beautiful church as well. I found interesting all the historical items with their history explained; as well as the wide collection of foreign bills.

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Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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