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La Catedral - Historical Building Cartagena - Colombia

Construction of Cartagena’s first cathedral began in 1575, using the modest materials of wood and cane. Plans were revamped by Simón González, who performed the greater part of its construction from 1577 until 1612. Francis Drake famously destroyed it in the midst of construction in 1586. It took nearly 100 years to complete the building of this grand cathedral, and it underwent further renovation in 2007. The final product is a perfect blend of colonial and modern styles. It has a gaping doorway opening up to its imple interior, and contains a gilded 18th century alter and marble pulpit. The nave is flanked by thick white columns and impressive, tall arches. The audio tour (included in admission; in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian) explains the church’s history and other items found inside.


Calle de los Santos de Piedra, diagional to Parque Bolívar

El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

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Tourist visits are allowed only when there is not a mass being celebrated. The audio tour explains the church’s history and other items found inside. It is available in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.

Price Description:

Adults $6.70; children, third agers $4.40. Includes audio tour.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 664-5511

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

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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