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. Put Plaza de la Aduana into our Cartagena vacation generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • First square you have access after passing by the clock tower. In the old days, at the beginning of colonization, it was the site where slaves were sold. It is located within the walled part, surrounded by many historical buildings, is the city of Cartagena, the Hard Rock Cafe, among others.
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  • Short walk to the left of Torre del Reloj, nice little area but not much to see, better in the evening.  more »
  • The square where the cars are concentrated is surrounded by beautiful façades with typical balconies. Too bad that historical scenario has been built a building completely outside.
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  • This was more of a thoroughfare as opposed to a destination. But it's a large plaza inside the wall that hosts gatherings and the ever present vendor. We saw a peace rally and a free concert. There are also three banks on the perimeter if you need cash and a Hard Rock Cafe if your stomach has a hankering for comida del USA.
  • The old toll square for importing end exporting goods. The building along the wall is now majors office.
  • Another big open plaza with seating for out door dining. This is former Customs area when good were being traded here.
  • Biggest square in cartagena. Host of numerous events
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