11. Getsemani

Getsemani is an artistic neighborhood, brimming with talent, and vibrant and photogenic environment. This place is also hailed as a hotspot of the city due to its beautiful series of street art. The focal point is the Trinidad square where most people gather together to experience the local dance and vibe in the evenings.

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Getsemani
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Getsemani; Source: www.marriedwithwanderlust.com

12. Church of San Pedro Claver

This church is particularly named after the legendary patron saint of slaves, Saint Peter Claver, who lived and died in the land of Cartagena, and devoted his life evangelizing and redeeming the black slaves of New Granada. It is one of the most beautiful old-age churches located in the city and is worth a visit for its stunning stone architecture and the plaza which houses this church as well as the convent. The main altar has been designed with marbles that were imported from Italy at the time of its construction. The church portrays colonial architecture except for the dome; the old one was eliminated in 1921 and the present dome is erected by the same French architect Gaston Lelarge who redesigned the Cathedral of Cartagena. This church is considered one of the richest and most monumental buildings in the city due to its facade. Just across this church, one can find the museum and square of St. Pedro Claver.

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Exterior, Church of San Pedro Claver; Source: www.flickr.com
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Interior, Church of San Pedro Claver; Source: www.encirclephotos.com
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Arcades in Church of San Pedro Claver

13. Santo Domingo Square

One of the busiest and most bustling squares within the old walls of the Indies is the Santo Domingo Square. This plaza is named after one of the churches located in the corner. Though, it is well known as Plaza de la Gorda as it houses the famous sculpture of a reclining woman glazing at herself in the mirror. This is one of the masterpieces from great sculptor Fernando Botero.

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Nightlife at Santo Domingo Square; Source: www.hicartagena.com
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Sculpture of Fernando Botero at Santo Domingo Square; Source: www.flickr.com

14. La Matuna

La Matuna, a bayside promenade with adoring city skyline views, consists of two horse statues, representing victory, and a convention center nearby. This square is known for its amazing restaurants and shopping stalls.

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View, La Matuna; Source: www.mapio.net
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View, La Matuna; Source: www.picfair.com

15. Adolfo Mejia Theatre

If a fan of scenic vintage arts, then one should never miss this charmingly beautiful theatre located at La Plaza De Merced. Constructed on the ruins of Iglesia Merced in 1625, this theatre was built to celebrate the first centenary of the Columbian republic in the year 1911. This theatre is named after a famous musician and composer of Colombia- Adolfo Mejia. For restoring its original pristine beauty, the theatre was closed between 1988-1998. Later, the theatre was stunningly outfitted overall. The highlighted element is the glorious fresco painting in the ceiling done by Colombia’s most renowned artist, Enrique Grau, depicting the dance of the nine muses of arts. The theatre is a regular host to most of the city’s classical music concerts, movie premiers and literary readings, with an audience capacity of 650 seats.

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Exterior, Adolfo Mejia Teatro; Source: www.sygic.com/travel
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Interior, Adolfo Mejia Teatro; Source: www.pinterest.com
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Fresco Paintings at Adolfo Mejia Teatro; Source: www.hicartagena.com
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Rose Christina Jeyaseelan
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Rose Christina Jeyaseelan,24-year-old architect, also a sustainability aficionado. Architecture for her is a journey through darkness searching for light. Personally, she loves to travel, sketch and explore the unexplored and she has a huge obsession over northern lights. Her interest in books have led the way to develop passion for writing as well. Here in RTF, she wishes to curate her perspective and chasmic thoughts on architecture and design.

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