Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
The Castillo San Felipe de Barajas was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984. It is also considered one of the seven wonders of Colombia, because it is one of the largest structures built in our national territory. This military fortification, key in the defense of Cartagena, began to be constructed in 1536 by the slaves brought from Africa in the time of the Spanish colonialism. This mega work of the military engineering suffered constant attacks by the English and French, however, was decisive for Cartagena to be proclaimed a heroic city.
In El Santísimo we recommend you to visit this World Heritage Site.
Historical Museum of Cartagena
One of the places to visit in Cartagena is the Palacio de la Inquisición, found in front of the old Plaza Mayor, now known as Plaza de Bolivar. This typical colonial house holds now the Historical Museum of Cartagena. Here, you will be able to know closely what was the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition and its persecution against the heretics, as well as the fascinating history of our city.
In El Santísimo we recommend you to visit this place full of history.
The Clock Tower, main entrance of the walled city, has been considered as one of the most beautiful in the world among other architectural Works, such as the famous Big Ben of London. Throughout its history, it has undergone many changes and restorations. Since 1888, we can appreciate its gothic style with an octagonal design, thanks to the architect Luis Felipe Jaspe.
It is impossible not to know the Clock Tower and take a picture here when you visit Cartagena.
The Bóvedas are the last work of the colonial period within the walled city. They were built between the Santa Clara and Santa Catalina forts, with 47 arches and 23 vaults. This construction served as Spanish headquarters; as a prison for Patriots during the Independence and the beginning of the Republic, and now house art galleries, bars and handicrafts shops.
In El Santísimo, we invite you to know the handicrafts of our region in this historical place.
National Aviary of Colombia
Visit this unique place in Colombia. Here you can learn about the great diversity of Colombian birds a few miles from Cartagena. More than 1800 birds of 138 native and exotic species are found in this place, located in Barú.
The National Aviary of Colombia is the sixth largest aviary in the world and the first in the American continent. It seeks to promote a sustainable use of the environment focused on the rights of animals and the conservation of endangered species.