The Colombian coastal city of Cartagena recently captured the world’s interest when President Obama’s Secret Security detachment engaged prostitutes and created a national security scandal. Beyond the seedy news accounts, the walled city is a delightful place to stroll: the architecture is stunning and well-kept, and the people are vibrant and full of life (walking tour available for purchase on the website).
The main entrance into the walled part of the city is marked with a prominent clock tower.
City Hall is a charming building on a lovely and lively square.
Also on the same square is Cartagena’s Cathedral, an impressive building both inside and out.
The interior is punctuated by a very attractive altar which displays the city’s wealth.
Other significant buildings in the city include the Palace of the Inquisition, now a museum.
Churches are an important part of life in Latin America and Cartagena has several which are of interest to the tourist. Besides the Cathedral (shown above), the Santo Domingo Church dominates its enchanting square, lined with shops and restaurants.
Another interesting church is San Pedro Claver whose dome is visible from all parts of the city.
The Heredia Theater is a popular spot for showcasing the Arts.
On of the city’s most popular spots is Las Bovedas, a prison-turned shopping center.
Cartagena has some of the loveliest squares in the Americas, as evidenced by the Plaza de los Coches.
The Plaza Santo Domingo is another vibrant gathering place for both locals and tourists.
The city walls are an attraction themselves. They are well-preserved and very thick.
Just outside the walled city is Cartagena’s main attraction, the San Felipe Fort, one of the most impressive in the Americas.