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El Centro Things to See and Do

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All of Cartagena’s major museums, plazas, and churches are consolidated in El Centro. This part of the city starts at the Torre del Reloj and extends outwards, covering roughly 50 blocks filled with colorful colonial buildings draped with bougainvillea. If you have just one day in Cartagena, you will spend it in this neighborhood, as there is much to see and do here.










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Plaza de Bolívar

Plaza de Bolívar

Plaza Bolívar is the ideal place for relaxation in the center of the old city. At lunchtime, locals take advantage of the shade offered around...

City Plaza
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
La Catedral

La Catedral

Construction of Cartagena’s first cathedral began in 1575, using the modest materials of wood and cane. Plans were revamped by Simón...

Historical Building
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

First constructed in the 17th century by the Jesuits, this church's convent served as the residence for Saint Pedro Claver (1580-1654), a priest...

Historical Building
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Museo del Oro Zenú

Museo del Oro Zenú

Museo del Oro Zenú is an informative and surprisingly educational gold museum. It is nicely curated and features pre-Colombian gold from the...

Museum
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno

Museo de Arte Moderno

The Museo de Arte Moderno is a recent institution. Housed in two buildings — the first, built in the second half of the 17th century; the...

Museum
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Museo Naval del Caribe

Museo Naval del Caribe

This extensive Museo Naval del Caribe recounts Cartagena’s remarkable naval history. The building comprises two wings, separated by gardens....

Museum
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Portal de los Dulces

Portal de los Dulces

Strange Caribbean sweets can be found throughout the day and evening along the Portal de los Dulces arcade. Here, stalls display glass...

Market
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Plaza Santo Domingo

Plaza Santo Domingo

The always-happening Plaza Santo Domingo is filled with classy cafés ideal for people-watching. The brick plaza and the shops that dot the...

City Plaza
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Teatro Heredia Adolfo Mejía

Teatro Heredia Adolfo Mejía

If you are a fan of interpretive arts, the Teatro Heredia Adolfo Mejía is a place not to be missed. Located in Plaza de la Merced in the old...

Movie & Theater
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Plaza de la Aduana

Plaza de la Aduana

Plaza de la Aduana is Cartagena's oldest and largest plaza. It serves as the commercial heart of the city and the parade grounds for...

City Plaza
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
El Torre del Reloj

El Torre del Reloj

The yellow clock tower at Plaza de los Coches, above the main entrance gate into the walled city, is one of the primary emblems of...

Monument
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Templo de Santo Domingo

Templo de Santo Domingo was originally located in Plaza de los Coches, but after a terrible fire that consumed the city, it was destroyed and...

Historical Building
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Palacio de la Inquisición

With its large, baroque-style stone entrance, external balconies facing the Plaza de Bolívar and Spanish coat of arms, the Palacio de la...

Historical Building
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Plaza de los Coches

Walking under the Torre del Reloj into El Centro, you come to Plaza de los Coches. Today, this space bustles with shops and vendors. But...

City Plaza
El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
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