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Las Bovedas, Cartagena

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Architectural Building
Originally built as storerooms for ammunition, Las Bovedas now house bars, galleries, and souvenir shops. Built between 1792 and 1796, the 23 former dungeons attached to the protective city walls represent the last major construction effort of colonial times. Browse through well-stocked shops selling traditional Colombian merchandise, such as emerald jewelry, hammocks, and Indian textiles. To visit Las Bovedas and get the most from your holiday in Cartagena, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cartagena trip generator.
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  • Las bóvedas used to be used as quarters by the old generals during the wars and posteriorly turned into jails for prisoners. Now they serve as the biggest spaces for local artisans to showcase they wo...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting this for its unique appearance, market stalls inside old vaults/ dungeons are nice to see, items are more pricey than other areas. If you enjoy looking at old buildings this is one...  more »
  • A great colonial place with an interesting story are stores of souvenirs with very high prices. . Welcome to walking by this place and feel in another era
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  • It's a pretty cool setting / building. But there's nothing special about the stores inside. You can buy these souvenirs anywhere in town.
  • Great for tourists. Not many had AC or fans. Prices vary from shop to shop. It's worth seeing if you want some souvenirs.
  • A lot of souvenir shops, fortunately done with a nice style. The building is worth visiting too, really nice colors and great, colonial vibe.
  • Prices for tourists... Nothing special about the souvenirs. The building is interesting but nothing worth visiting if it's not already on your way.
  • Great place showing the history of Cartagena