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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  • A church dedicated to San Pedro Claver, (religious who dedicated your life to slaves, was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888). Originally it was known as the Church of Saint John of God, from 1622 was called Church of San Ignacio de Loyola and today, given the name of St. Peter Claver. The temple is part of a set of religious buildings that form the cloister of San Pedro Claver, along with the archaeological museum. It was built between 1580 and 1654. It has Baroque sculptures and paintings. The most impressive is that the remains of San Pedro Claver are exposed in the main altar.
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  • I have traveled to Colombia several times and I am a fluent bilingual speaker. This was my first trip to Cartagena. I was looking forward to seeing this church especially during Holy Week. After walki...  more »
  • Nice little area to visit at night time, may find church open during the day. All in walking distance to Clock Tower, Cathedral, etc  more »