Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, Cartagena

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#4 of 16 in Historic Sites in Cartagena
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. To visit Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and other attractions in Cartagena, use our Cartagena trip itinerary maker site .
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  • The Cathedral of Cartagena is a beautiful building both on the outside and in your interior. At night your illuminated Tower is seen all over the city. The visit is easy during the celebration of the masses because outside of these schedules is closed which is why many tourists do not have the opportunity that we had to meet her. Stay in the walled city of Cartagena.
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  • I was on the fence about this location but I'm so glad I went. One of the best things I saw in Cartagena. Most of the written information is in Spanish but there are some awesome tour guides that you ...  more »
  • Beautiful garden, interesting story about Pedro Claver and nice church. The cloister was small enough not to be overwhelming but with quite a variety of displays.  more »

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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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