Discover memorable sights around every corner
Museo de Arte Moderne. This is a small, memorable gallery. Notably for the intensely bright surreal expressionist paintings of local artist Alejandro Obregón in its permanent collection. There is an additional floor which houses temporary exhibitions.
El Teatro de Adolfo Mejia Heredia. This is one of the most-loved buildings of Cartagena. Created in 1911 from a dilapidated 17th century church. The elegant interior features gold-plated fittings, cedar wood dividers and a graceful marble staircase imported from Italy. The stunning ceiling mural, painted by local artist Enrique Grau, depicts the dance of the nine muses. Today, the theatre remains a thriving center for performing arts.
Iglesia San Pedro Claver. This three-story convent building is dedicated to the first named saint of the New World. He was a young priest from a wealthy Spanish family who arrived in the city in 1610. Shocked by the treatment of the African slaves, who built the city walls. His care and fight for equal rights began the movement towards the abolition of slavery in the Americas. To honour him, you can visit the marble altar. Here you will find a glass coffin, with intricate stained glass containing the “El Apóstol de los Negros’” bones on display.
Iglesia Santo Domingo. One of the most unmissable sights of Cartagena, this is the city’s oldest church, built in the 1570s. The spectacular baroque marble altar features the Virgin in an emerald and gold encrusted crown. Next to her is a wooden image of Christ that, legend has it, will grow too big to pass through the church’s doors should anybody try to remove it.
Catedral Basílica de Santa Catalina de Alejandria. In 1586 Sir Francis Drake destroyed the original cathedral. This second cathedral was built in 1612. At the beginning of the 20th century a dome was added to the soaring citadel structure.