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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  • As everyone has stated this is the place to get the best view of Cartagena plus you will learn of it's history via guide also reading about it yourself. We were with a tour group from the US and had a...  more »
  • The Convento of Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) is a lovely little former monastery founded in 1607 by followers of St. Augustine that you'd probably dismiss if it were at street level. But it isn't; it sits ...  more »
  • While it is an important part of the history of Cartagena and is good to discover it is seeing and experiencing the walled city, this site is outside that protection. We must move a little, and if you go on your own can be risky (no panic, but always in Cartagena people warns by theft or the bad time that you can spend there. It is a little further away that go to the Castle San Felipe. Once there, even in a taxi that is economical, it's worth knowing why there is the monastery and for what purpose it was built.
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