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Exploring Castillo de San Felipe in Cartegena

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Posted On 11/23/2020 09:13:55

Fortresses | Spain | Spanish Conquest | Colombia | Cartegena | Museum of Gold | Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas | Cruise Ports

Exploring Castillo de San Felipe in Cartegena


Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas overlooks the bay in Cartagena, Colombia. The fortress is positioned high up on a hill - can you imagine how much manual labor was needed to build something of this size high on a hill and in just a few years? The original construction started in 1536 and a significant expansion project was underway in 1657.

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Have you visited Cartagena, Colombia?

We've been on several cruises which had port days in the city - in fact, Cartagena was our first city in South America to visit together. During our first stop there, we actually toured the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Originally, the Spanish built the fortress to protect their important and strategic ports. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fun fact: the country's government hosts various social and cultural events inside Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas as well.

While in Cartagena, we also found the Museo del Oro Zenu to be an interesting place to visit. Many artifacts of gold that have been recovered from the Spanish conquest of Central America are on display inside including amazing pieces of art set in gold. (As you can imagine, the fortress was very important in protecting the shipping route to Cartagena.)

What are your favorite South American cities to visit?

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