Plaza de la Aduana, Cartagena

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The largest and oldest square in the old town, Plaza de la Aduana--named after the old royal customs house, which today serves as the city hall--remains best known as a center for slave auctions in colonial times. Notice the low round stones on the edges of the square, once used for chaining slaves. A statue of Christopher Columbus dominates its surroundings from the center of the square. The plaza brims with activity, and at night colorful lights illuminate the area and add a festive spirit. Sit under the old clock and watch the tourists and locals passing by, street musicians performing, and artisans selling handmade goods. Spend a little time exploring the area, home to stores, cafes, and restaurants. To visit Plaza de la Aduana on your trip to Cartagena, use our Cartagena day trip website .
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  • Historic square, buildings with history today used as offices with public, even ATMs appear from time, and the Hard Rock Cafe is adecuo this beautiful colonial square.
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  • Pretty this place even if it could be better highlighted. FYI, this is where you can make a bank withdrawal (several banks on the square)
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  • The duty was imposed here in colonial times (the port where most goods arrived, is not far). Also, the most important public buildings were located here and, because the place is huge, here also parades were taken away. Note the conspicuous Columbus statue is of course. Today, the square is bordered by beautiful renovated houses. During the day the crowds limited stops here because the Sun heats the space almost tropical force.
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  • Beautiful Wide Open Plaza This is a large area that houses everything from the Old Customs House to the Hard Rock Cafe. There is a bit of an unsettling aspect to the plaza in that here is where much of the slave trade took place. There is evidence of that in the large circular balls around the plaza, to which the slaves were chained. Highly recommend that you take a walking tour of this plaza and so many of the other plazas in the walled city. We used Cartagena Connections and were extremely pleased with our guide, Jon.
  • Beautiful square with colonial architecture. City hall building occupies one of the sides, also banks and small stores where tourists can find any sort of things. It is also close to San Pedro square and the iconic Clock Tower. It is a must if you are visiting the city.
  • Nice plaza. Small stalls selling all sorts. Bank and tours available.
  • Historic colonial time custom offices. Actually holding the offices of the mayor of Cartagena. Beautiful.
  • Nice square. Several beautiful buildings, cafes and restaurants around it.

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