Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, Cartagena

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Dedicated to a South American human rights pioneer whose remains still rest there today, Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver exudes a sense of tranquility. Built between 1580 and 1654, the structure features an imposing stone facade, yet the interior glows with the rich colors filtered through its stained glass windows. After appreciating the architecture, you can visit the church's cloister, where San Pedro baptized thousands of slaves, as well as its museum, to get some historical perspective on the building. If you take a guided tour, make sure to clarify the price in advance, or you might end up paying extra for translation into English. By using our Cartagena tourist route planner, you can arrange your visit to Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and other attractions in Cartagena.
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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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  • Before you go, do read about the life of St Pedro Claver. His face is noncorrupted. First time I actually see a Saint. Amazing. Just amazing.  more »
  • The story of St Peter Claver is the warm heart of this magical city. This saint's compassion worked its grace in transforming the evils of slavery into the rainbow of diversity and pure joie de vivre ...  more »
  • Reading about this made the difference between Cartagena and other options. Well worth it. You don't need the guided tour, just give it time for your language to come around on the videol. The actual ...  more »