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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  • pain know as much history on this square is beautiful only hurts the story... It is beautiful to walk and live the experience that feels...
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  • It is a place that leads us to believe in the story, is very spacious place to walk and is located within the walled city of Cartagena Colombia
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  • Just a plaza in the old city. Very hot to pass, need a waterbottle. Most streetvendors of all kinds around here.  more »
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  • Historic and romantic place in the heart of the Old City of Cartagena. Several restaurants, bars and shops.
  • At Christmas it's very beautiful to see this place full of light and with th Christmas tree.
  • 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.
  • nice historical place
  • Another big open plaza with seating for out door dining. This is former Customs area when good were being traded here.

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Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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