Convento La Popa de la Galera, Cartagena

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Religious Site
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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  • We came here on a tour. It has a beautiful courtyard and was really beautiful to walk through. If you go to the walled city this is an absolute must.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • I visited the convent and the church on the day that Cartagena commemorates La Virgen de la Candelaria. It is a beautiful celebration every year, and the convent and the church are so beautiful, it is...  more »
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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