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Iglesia de San Pedro Claver - Historical Building Cartagena - Colombia

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 whose missionary work focused on helping slaves from Africa. He was often regarded as the “Slave of Slaves” or the “Apostle of the Blacks.” He lived here until his death and was canonized in 1888.

The high altar is made from marble imported from Italy. Under the altar are his relics (physical remains), which are visible through a glass coffin. Inside the cloister is a museum displaying personal articles from his mission.On the second floor is a small Afro-Caribbean museum.

Beyond the cloister a convent for the Society of Jesus was built, which served as a charity hospital for the poor. Later it was headquarters to republican troops. Now, the former convent is the site for the Naval Museum.


Carrera 4, 30-01

El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Monastery, Site of historic significance, Church and museum, Monastery and museum, Spiritual/Religious

Getting There

Price Description:

Museum: Adults $4; Children $3. Guided tour: in Spanish $8, in other language (English, French, German, Italian) $10

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:daily 6 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 664-4991

Here are other activities in and around El Centro that may be of interest: La Catedral, Templo de Santo Domingo and Palacio de la Inquisición.

By Brenda Yun
I am a creative writer / surfer chick in need of adventure all the time. The only thing that keeps me grounded is my non-traveling, non-surfing pug...
24 Jun 2011

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