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3 tours to enjoy Easter in Cartagena

If you are planning to visit Cartagena de Indias during Easter, you would want to look for plans to take back with you the best of the history, culture, art, religion and fun of the Corralito de Piedra. We recommend you to visit 7 museums, 7 churches and 4 magnificent squares.

Churches to visit during Easter

The religious tourism experience of Cartagena de Indias is marked by the majesty of its churches, valuable jewels built centuries ago that survived multiple attacks in the colonial era. Each of these "open-door museums" has a touch that enchants foreigners and natives.

The Cathedral Santa Catalina de Alejandría, Minor Basilica and National Monument, is located on the corner of Parque Bolivar and boasts an incomparable beauty. One block away is the Cloister of Santo Domingo, considered the Sanctuary of the Christ of the Expiration and remembered for its curious stories.Iglesia San Pedro Claver CartagenaIn the direction of the San Diego neighborhood, the Santo Toribio church, right on the corner of Plaza Fernández Madrid, preserves among its relics the main altarpiece, the only Baroque religious piece in Cartagena. In the Plaza San Pedro, stands the church that bears the same name in honor of San Pedro Claver, a priest who dedicated himself to the care of the slaves. His human remains have turned the temple into a place of pilgrimage.

The temples of the Getsemaní neighborhood of Cartagena, La Tercera Orden, La Santísima Trinidad, and San Roque, are other architectural "monuments" that are worth including within the itinerary of Easter visits in Cartagena.

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Museums: open at Easter

Modern Art Museum: It is projected towards the Caribbean and its culture. In the permanent collections you will find: Latin American Art, Enrique Grau Master Room and great Colombian artists.

  • Main Feature: More than 400 works, mostly from local artists.
  • Admission fee: Adults: 8.000 COP – Students: 4.000 COP.
  • Location: Plaza San Pedro.
Naval Museum of the Caribbean: As if you were on board a galleon, this museum recreates the way Cartagena struggled to rescue its splendor as the first port of the Caribbean Sea.
  • Main Feature: Submarine simulator.
  • Admission fee: Adults: 16.000 COP – Children: 2.000 COP – Students: 5.000 COP.
  • Location: Plaza Santa Teresa.
San Pedro Claver Museum: It has an important collection formed by African and Afro-Caribbean works of art, with Haitian paintings, and rare African masks.
  • Main Feature: It has the largest religious art collection in Cartagena de Indias.
  • Admission fee: Adults: 14.000 COP – Children (between 8 and 13 years old): 9.000 COP.
  • Location: Plaza San Pedro Claver.
Monumentos-en-Museo-San-Pedro-ClaverHistorical Museum of Cartagena: In its mystical environment it keeps the history of our Caribbean Indian ancestors, as well as the inquisitors and witches of the colonial era; conquerors and pirates; Africans, Spaniards and Creoles; heroes and anonymous beings.
  • Main Feature: “Patio del Aljibe”, where you will find the gallows and the guillotine.
  • Admission fee: Adults: 21.000 COP – Children: 18.000 COP – Students: 18.000 COP.
  • Location: Plaza Bolívar.
Gold Museum: complete collection of gold, fabrics of water and earth, the gold of the Caribbean plains, and some curious small pieces of mankind representation.
  • Main feature: A collection of approximately 900 archaeological pieces.
  • Admission fee: Free entrance.
  • Location: In front of Parque Bolívar.
La Presentación, House-Museum: Exhibition of local, national and international artists with their permanent and temporary works, which include techniques such as Chromaluxe on aluminum and oil paintings.
  • Main feature: Piano club.
  • Admission fee: Free entrance.
  • Location: Calle Estanco del Aguardiente.
House and Museum of Rafael Núñez: This spacious and fresh two-story wooden house is full of the spirit of order, away from luxury but very elegant. It conserves the simplicity and elegance of native Rafael Núñez.
  • Main feature: Objects of Rafael Núñez’s daily life.
  • Admission fee: Free entrance.
  • Location: El Cabrero neighborhood.

Squares

And whether you need a place to wait for the start time of the Mass, or want to take advantage of being in one of the most beautiful places in the world to know and take pictures, do not miss the opportunity to stroll through the spectacular plazas of the Historical Center of Cartagena de Indias during this Easter.

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Plaza San Pedro: Its name is due to the saint known as "slave of the slaves", who lived and died in this convent. It is framed by the church of the same name, as well as by a series of restaurants and jewelers.

Plaza Santo Domingo: It is one of the most attractive places to spend an evening, thanks to the bars, cafes, restaurants and antique shops that surround it. It is frequented by artists who display their talents next to the church and next to the sculpture "Gertrudis" by Fernando Botero.Plaza Santo Domingo Cartagena Plaza de San Diego: It is a square with a bohemian atmosphere where tourists and locals meet to enjoy the rehearsals and gatherings of the students of the Superior School of Fine Arts.

Plaza de La Trinidad (Getsemaní): Located in one of the most vibrant and beautiful neighborhoods of Cartagena, this plaza, which is located in front of the homonymous church, is currently the epicenter of the city's nightlife. It is the ideal meeting point for natives and tourists who meet to chat, enjoy the sale of fast foods, and entertain themselves with a street show.
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