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Convento de la Popa.

Convento de la Popa

Convento de la Popa

Convento de la Popa (Calle 37, Cartagena) – this convent is located at a rather dramatic spot: at the highest point of the city of Cartagena (150 meters above sea level). Founded by Augustine priests in 1607, its official name is Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. It has one of the most beautiful cloisters in all of Colombia, The convent was built over a shrine dedicated to a pre-Columbian deity. It was also used as a barracks during the war of independence from Spain in the early 1800s (with Simón Bolívar taking up residence there at one point). Every February, the feat of the Virgin of Candelaria de la Popa is celebrated (on February 2nd, crowds of Catholic worshippers conduct a pilgrimage to the foot of the top of the Cerro de la Popa.

 

Admission: COP$8,000 (adult), COP$6,000 (child). Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (daily).