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Address: Cartagena, Colombia
Description: This colonial plaza is surrounded by the Cathedral, the Palace of the...
This colonial plaza is surrounded by the Cathedral, the Palace of the Inquisition and a gold museum.
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relaxing historic spot

in the middle of the historic old city sits this beautiful park. It was a quiet and shady spot to relax outside the Palace of the Inquisition. The way the streets lined up we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

This plaza is a nice jumping off spot for several different activities. If you like museums, you will find the Gold Museum on one side and the Inquisition Museum on the opposite side. It's the beginning of a street filled with handicraft, souvenir, jewelry and clothing shops. There are street vendors, horse drawn carriages and street performers. If you want... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This park was a welcome site after walking throughout the old City for more than an hour. Locals were there in force as well as a few vendors. We took in the Palace of Inquisition located adjacent to the park before we left. The statute of Bolivar is the highlight but the fountain, along with the shade is quite relaxing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Plaza Bolivar is a large, beautiful central Plaza in the heart of old town Cartegena. It is surrounded by beautiful, original buildings that feature the curved open doorways and highly decorated balconys that bring out a feeling of history and romance. Highly recommended. Happy trails...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A welcome shady place with fountains and cafe's around where you can rest on a sweltering day. Several museums line the Plaza also. It's an excellent place to head for during a tour of the walled city.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

in the middle of the historic old city sits this beautiful park. It was a quiet and shady spot to relax outside the Palace of the Inquisition. The way the streets lined up we got a nice breeze on a very warm day. The statue of Simon Bolivar was great central spot to catch-up on the history in our guide... More 

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LONDON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Plaza Bolivar is just across from the Museum of the Inquisition and the Museo del Oro, so pretty centrally located to many of the attractions. It is small but filled with shade from the 'vegetation'. Saw / Heard a couple of musicians that performed for the passing hoards and there appeared to be a traditional Colombian dance troupe waiting it's... More 

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Queens NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I like the plaza after sundown where most people are relaxed taking pictures, looking and watching everyone else. There are a lot of patrolling police everywhere. Nearby, you can have a beer to kill time.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Simon Bolivar pigeon guano decorated ride triumphant over this shady plaza filled with benches and locals. And tourists. African Caribbean dancers and drum perform. Colorfully dressed fruit ladies pose more for a few pesos from tourists rather than for their fly specked Papayas. Locals rest in the shade of huge trees between the Gold museum and the - shudder -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We stopped here after lunch before going into the Palace of Inquisition. The benches weren't super comfortable, but it was shaded and fairly quiet for a quick nap.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was very close to my hotel, and I wish I could have spent more time there shopping. Unfortunately, I didn't bring great shoes to walk in so I did shop, but, had to leave earlier than desired. Do bring enough cash and be sure to barter for a better price. Some of the jewelry I bought was absolutely beautiful,... More 

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