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Discovering the Gems of Cartagena’s Old City: Monuments and Landmarks

The Old City of Cartagena is a treasure trove of history and culture, with many monuments and famous landmarks to explore. The compact size of the Old City makes it easy to walk from one end to the other in just 20 minutes, and many of the main historical sites are located in the South West of the Old City, centering around the Cathedral, Churches, and Plazas.

One of the most notable landmarks in the Old City is the impressive wall that surrounds it, built over 208 years to protect the city from pirate and privateer attacks. Visitors can also explore the Palace of the Inquisition, a historical museum showcasing the Inquisition period in Cartagena, the Convent of La Popa, a beautiful religious building that offers panoramic views of the city, the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandria, a beautiful religious building dating back to the 16th century, and the Clock Tower, a symbol of the city’s rich history and culture.

However, finding your way around the Old City can be confusing due to the orientation of the streets and the outer wall. Nevertheless, every corner you turn will reveal something new and exciting, from the baskets overflowing with vibrant Bougainvillea flowers to the well-preserved 16th and 17th-century colonial architecture. The Old City is more than deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is a must-see for any visitor to Cartagena.

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