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The most familiar sight in the old city of Cartagena is the spire of the Catedral. The Cathedral of Cartagena traces its history back to 1537. The first church was built out of food and cane and was destroyed in a fire in 1552. 23 years later the construction of the new cathedral began, designed by Simon Gonzales. During his raid on the city in 1586, Francis Drake's cannons destroyed half of the building. Afterwards, Gonzales continued his work directing the construction of the building until its competion in 1612. Further changes were made between 1912 and 1923 when it was given a terracota-coloured stucco overhaul.

The cathedral features a large doorway opening into a narrow, simple interior with three naves, thick white columns and large arches. It contains a gilded 18th-century wood altar and marble pulpit. The building underwent a restoration in 2007.

The Catedral is located next to Plaza Bolívar and is open Mon-Sat 10:30am-7:30pm; Sun 9:00am-6:00pm. Admission is 11.000 COP (January 2010). A self-guided audio tour lasts about 25 minutes.

Directions: historic centre; next to Plaza de Bolívar

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2010
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