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Plaza de San Pedro Claver, Cra. 4 ##30-01

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Saint Peter Claver is remembered for baptizing more than 300,000 people, many of them slaves. As an ordained priest, Peter Claver primarily provided spiritual guidance to the numerous slaves who were moved through Cartagena. He died in 1654 and was canonized in the late 19th century by Pope Leo. Claver's body is preserved in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver in Cartagena. The church also houses a small museum, where travelers can learn more about Saint Peter Claver.

Recent travelers praised the stunning architecture of the building, as well as its historical significance. Visitors can even view the remains of Saint Peter Claver through a glass coffin enshrined in the church's main altar.

Located near the western edge of Cartagena in the old city, the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver sits within the city's historic walls. The sanctuary and museum are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Access to the church costs CO$13,000 (around $4). Some past travelers warn that tour guides will try to rope visitors into paying more. Information regarding services and more at the sanctuary is available through its website.

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Cartagena's most famous attraction, the city's historic walls, began construction on the eastern edge of the city in 1586 and finished in 1796. Fast forward to 1984 and the iconic walls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, the Walled City of Cartagena draws travelers hoping to explore its colonial architecture and peruse the wares of its numerous street vendors.

Recent travelers appreciated the area's historic charm, complete with horse-drawn carriages. They recommend taking your time in the walled city, as you can easily spend a full day wandering its narrow streets. To make sure you don't miss any of the top sites, sign up for one of the area's many walking tours. The only downside? Recent visitors warn about the street vendors who persistently hawk their wares.

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