Catedral de Santa Marta, Santa Marta

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#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Magdalena Department
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. Plan to see Catedral de Santa Marta and other attractions that appeal to you using our Santa Marta trip planner .
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  • October 6, 2017
    did not have the opportunity to enter but if we go through the square and shoot the Church, which I guess by your structure is traditional of the Colombian coast, they should offer guided tours inside.
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  • September 27, 2017
    Building of historical interest. It contains the ornate tomb of the founder of the city, Rodrigo de Bastidas. The remains of Bolivar remained there temporarily. The visit is worth.
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  • September 21, 2017
    Exterior of the Cathedral is simple white plastered, within it is aandig decorated but nothing bijzionders
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  • August 4, 2017
    Nice cathedral. You have to research to find the rich history. There are many street vendors there to try to sell you... things
  • August 4, 2017
    Beautiful church. There are some lovely stairs and the stained glass windows are pretty.
  • April 9, 2017
    One of the oldest churches in South America, enjoy the Palm Sunday mass!
  • October 21, 2016
    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.
  • May 27, 2016
    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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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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