"Iglesia de Santo Domingo" Top 5 Page for this destination Cartagena Things to Do Tip by mircaskirca

Cartagena Things to Do: 265 reviews and 672 photos


The late 16th-century Iglesia de Santo Domingo little changed from colonial days and it's the oldest church in the city. Architecturally, it has some quirky characteristics which are the result of construction imperfection. The builders made a particularly wide central nave and covered it with a heavy roof but the vault began to crack. Massive buttresses hat to be added to the walls to support the structure and pevent it from collapsing. The Mudejar bell tower is decidedly skewed but the legend has it this was the work of the devil who knocked it.

The interior of the church is spacioius and lofty. You'll find a baroque altar with a 16th century wooden carving depicting an image of Christ, as well as an image of the Virgin Mary with a gold and emerald crown. The floor in front of the high altar and in the two aisles is paved with old tombstones dating mostly from the 19th century.

The church is open Tue-Sat 9:00am-7:00pm and Sunday noon-8:00pm. Admission is 11.000 COP (January 2010) and you can take a 20-minute self-guided audio tour.

Address: Plaza de Santo Domingo
Directions: historic centre

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Nov 14, 2010
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 2 0

Have you been to Cartagena?

  Share Your Travels