La Popa Monastery, Cartagena

(4/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Situated on the Hill La Popa, is a beautiful place that has a privileged view of the city of Cartagena. At the top of the Hill is the Candelaria Convent, which was built in 1606 by the Augustinian recollect fathers, guard treasures, like the altar adorned with gold and Red-toned oil paintings. My visit to the site was quick, but gave it to enjoy your beauty.
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  • Very good, very nice experience but actually throughout this trip was very mystical, monastery who like this kind of visits is very nice
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  • Former convent located on a mountain, allowing a panoramic view of the city of Cartagena. I tried to walk but I was driven by police officers and that this would not be the best option. The site was constantly crowded with tourists, what does lose a little charm (a monastery should be a quiet place).
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