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Templo de Santo Domingo - Historical Building Cartagena - Colombia

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 relocated to where it stands today. The church's construction began in the late 16th century, making it Cartagena's oldest temple. Santo Domingo has a Spanish renaissance architectural style and looks as if it were carved out of a very large rock. There is one unfinished tower and the other one is twisted—by the devil, according to local legend. Inside, foreboding tombstones pave the floor at the baroque-style, marble altar. A 16th century image of Christ carved from wood as well as an image of the Virgin with her gold and emerald crown draw worshippers.


Calle Santo Domingo and Calle de los Estribos
Plaza Santo Domingo

El Centro, Cartagena, Colombia

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Spiritual/Religious

Travel Tips:

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:daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:daily 6 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 655-1916 / 664-0600

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

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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