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Plaza de los Coches is a triangular plaza located in the heart of Cartagena, just behind the Puerta del Reloj. Since the 16th century the plaza has had many names. Before acquiring its current name it was known as Plaza del Esclavo since it was used as a slave market. In 1585 it was renamed to Plaza de Mercaderes since a large number of merchants could be found here. Then it was called Plaza de la Yerba, and finally changed to Plaza de los Coches by a decree of the mayor allowing horse drawn carriages to be parked in front of the Portal de los Dulces.
It is lined with handsome old houses with colonial arches at ground level, and colonial windows and balconies watching over the bustling plaza. Bars and restaurants can be find here, as well as El Portal de los Dulces, the arcaded walkway with a string of stalls selling local sweets. The statue of Pedro de Heredia, the city's founder, stands in the middle of the plaza.
Directions: historical district of El Centro
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