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Plaza Bolivar

Cartagena, Colombia
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Ranked #18 of 41 Attractions in Cartagena
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This colonial plaza is surrounded by the Cathedral, the Palace of the Inquisition and a gold museum.
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is another pretty little plaza in the old town of Cartagena. This time with seats provided and plenty of trees to keep the sun away. A big statue of Bolivar is in the centre. A good place to rest for a bit after you've been walking around for a while.

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

On one of the benches of the plaza we found this unique professor who's name is Federico Herrera de Avila. He is a great historian. He is informative and extremely knowledgable on e history of this great city. The cheese arepas that' the street vendors sell are delicious. The fruit vendors also add a typical touch to the atmosphere.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Interesting scenery, vendors and people watching all around. Nice historic area with beautifully colored buildings

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3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It is a busy place full of people going in all directions, merchants selling fruits, palms provide nice shade. Central spot - close to museums, restaurants, major sights.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

yes, cartagena is hot and humid. after walking around old town and soaking up all the sights, find your way to this excellent little plaza for a seat on a bench in the shade while sipping on a fruit juice bought from one of the nearby vendors. good people watching spot as well.

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brooklyn ny
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Cartagena is not super kid-friendly but this is a nice square to hang out, eat an ice cream, feed the pigeons, visit the torture museum (!), and if you are lucky, make giant bubbles with the sweet, gentle guy from Barcelona.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Plaza Bolivar was nice to walk through. Pretty greenery, benches to sit on and hang out. It gets quite crowded, so grab a seat early. We strolled through here a few times. Lot's of vendors selling candy, soda, cigarettes, etc.

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A fantastic place to sit and watch the world go by. My favourite plaza in the world. I have spent many an hour on this plaza watching the world go by. if you truly want to soak up the ambiance and meaning of Cartagena spend an hour on this plaza at least and I promise you, you will not be... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This shaded small park in the Old City is pleasant during the day and early evening when there are still a lot of vendors and trinket sellers around. However, I would NOT hang around here later at night, I have been repeatedly warned that parts of it are poorly lit and not always safe, especially for tourists.

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Alpine, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A great place to rest for a few minutes from your walk thru the Old City. Very pleasant with lots of shade trees.

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