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 church itself is so beautiful with lots of things to see & read. The views across the city are just amazing, definitely take a camera & a selfie stick! The courtyard within the church is breathtak...  more »
  • The lacal is simply wonderful. The architecture, the location is amazing and worth much more than a quick pass. The view of the city is imposing and impressive. However, the historical artifacts need to be a museológo.
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  • I didn't know this place and come by chance I recommend it is a short walk and a knowledge of history that took place in Cartagena.
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  • 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.
  • Inside, the place is beautiful. And a little collection of currency from around the world along with thing from the Spaniards time. But the best thing is the breathtaking view of the city.
  • $4 entry fee. Everything is written in Spanish so have a guide or Spanish speaker in your group. A small drink bar offers soda and water for $1.50 a bottle. Odd there were beggars on the outsides of the wall asking for money. They used sticks to reach up closer to the high walls of the Convent and asked for donations to be given. Felt safe just odd.
  • Nice place for a quick visit. Great panoramic views across all of Cartagena Colombia. Would recommend a taxi, as the buses stay for 2 hours, which is a long time. Convent is nice, some wires looking statues!
  • Interesting place with views of the city but you would not spend more then 30 min there, best seen by tour bus as expensive by taxi

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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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