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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas (Av. Arévalo, Cartagena) – named after Spain’s King Felipe IV, this castle was built in 1536 during the early part of Colombia’s Spanish colonial period. (designed to defend both the port and city of Cartagena). Because of the valuable cargo that came through Cartagena to Spain (ranging from silver, to gold, cacao (chocolate) beans, chile peppers, tobacco and other goods), this fortress went through periodic expansions that eventually made it the largest fort ever built by the Spanish in the Americas. As a result, this fortress successfully held off periodic attempts by the British to invade that city. Tourists favor this fortress, because it offers panoramic views of the city of Cartagena.

 

Admission: COP$17,000 (adult), COP$8,000 (child). Entrance is free the last Sunday of every month between February and November. Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.