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 itinerary planner.
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  • ideal place to discover the Virgin of the candelaria and the beautiful convent and a bit about the faith in these corners of South America
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  • This is a really beautiful place. Has been restored in some parts, but retains the charming original.
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  • Nothing to add, off the thrill of going up and down in a chiva without any security. Ride is not necessary.
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  • Beautiful historical monument with an intricate gold plated altar, and a pleasant and stunning courtyard. The monument is at the top of a large hill that offers breath taking views of the city. A necessary stop during your trip to Cartagena for the religious and the secular.
  • This is a rather expensive visit just to get the city from above, which you can do partly visiting the castle already. The entrance is 10,000 COP for adults and 8,500 COP for children, a lot more expensive than what the site claims. Aside from that it is far from the historic centre and at the top of a hill with a steep road and you will probably pay a taxi additional money to take you there. Inside you have a view of the whole city, which isn't worth the price, and the monastery itself, a kind of a very small museum with mixed and poorly cared antiques. I would not recommend it, especially if you're in cartagena for just a few days. Do it if you're there for several and lacking options.
  • its a beautiful tourist place to visit. going up to la popa is very scary because its going around the mountain top on a skinny road with a huge bus. like I said before its beautiful inside! a really interested history and the view is gorgeous. would recommend everyone going there
  • Very interesting place to visit at Cartagena
  • Hermosa vista de Cartagena