La Popa Monastery, Cartagena

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On the highest hill in Cartagena, La Popa Monastery offers sweeping views of the walled downtown, the Caribbean, and the city in general. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared to an Augustinian monk and instructed him to build a monastery at the tallest point in Cartagena. Visit the small chapel and see the wooden statue of the Virgin and the main altar coated with golden leaves. A flowered inner courtyard is a perfect spot for resting and contemplation. The monastery also features a display of robes made and worn by monks. Add La Popa Monastery and other attractions to your Cartagena trip itinerary using our Cartagena travel itinerary maker.
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  • Must see! Spend some time enjoying the exquisite chapel, the beautiful courtyard and the sweeping views from the highest point in Cartagena. Not a monastery anymore, but the history is well preserved ...  more »
  • We took a morning tour of the monastery and it was very interesting. The drive up the hillside gives you a great look at what life in Columbia is like. Then you hear the history of the area and the vi...  more »
  • This past Monday we were all set to visit La Popa Monastery. As we were about to hail a cab, our front desk staff mentioned they thought the Monastery was closed due to a crumbling wall. Evidentially ...  more »