Catedral de Santa Marta, Santa Marta

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Church Tourist Spot
Catedral de Santa Marta is allegedly one of the oldest religious buildings in the country, completed late in the 18th century. With its impressive wooden doors and whitewashed exterior, the buildings displays a bold colonial-era architectural style. Famed as the original burial place of Simon Bolivar (his remains are now in Caracas), the cathedral offers plenty of historical information about the life and times of the regional military hero. Use our Santa Marta itinerary builder to visit Catedral de Santa Marta on your trip to Santa Marta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Place to meet, very interesting, related to the story, with a guide is much better. Located in the center of Santa Marta for easy access
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  • A visit that can not miss when you're in the city, it is not only a cathedral was the first church built in South American soil, where the remains of the founder of the city of Rodrigo de Bastidas and for some time also had those of the liberator Simon Bolivar.
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  • Beautiful mass with singing. Nice number of statues to light a candle and pray to. Air con. People sell religious objects outside the church.  more »
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  • Nice cathedral. You have to research to find the rich history. There are many street vendors there to try to sell you... things
  • Beautiful church. There are some lovely stairs and the stained glass windows are pretty.
  • One of the oldest churches in South America, enjoy the Palm Sunday mass!
  • I love this place, it is a beautiful square where you can see the cathedral and white old houses, with a lot of history. Do not miss when you visit Santa Marta downtown.
  • Nice enough, it's worth checking out at sunset for best light. There is also food stands nearby that do cheap food at night.

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Where to stay in Santa Marta

No matter where you stay in Santa Marta's historical center, you'll never be more than a few minutes' walk from the beach. The old town offers countless accommodations, ranging from energetic youth hostels to cozy, family-run inns. Look to the seafront just outside of the historical center for luxury hotels and beach resorts. For a quieter experience, stay in the nearby beach town of Taganga, just north of Santa Marta.
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