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“Very nice view over Cartagena” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Popa Monastery

La Popa Monastery
On the Hill, Cartagena, Colombia
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Ranked #12 of 37 Attractions in Cartagena
Type: Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“Very nice view over Cartagena”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Had our own guide who brougth us up to this great place. Nice view over the city as well as good stories to be told regarding the monastery itself and the city of Cartagena. Didnt take to much time either.

Visited January 2014
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“A must see but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Very interesting, but would highly recommend a guide that knows the history and stories that make this stop so interesting. Otherwise, you lose the essence of the experience.

Visited February 2014
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“Interesting old Monastery with good vistas of the harbor area and city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This is a moderately interesting old monastery with good vistas of Cartagena and its harbor area. It is not drop dead gorgeous but if you are here come see it for the panoramic views.
Lots of vendors around which kind of detracts from the feel of the place. This was part of our cruise excursion and had I known a little more about it I would probably have chosen a different excursion.

Visited January 2014
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“Good views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I was on a tour so there was limited time at La Popa Monastery. I was disappointed at the amount of rubbish on the way up & around the parking area at the top.
The views were stunning.
The monastery was pretty and interesting.
There were a few tacky souvenir stalls at the entrance (same as anywhere else) & the food stalls weren't up to much.

Visited January 2014
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“If you have time...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

You've probably seen lots of colonial buildings with center courtyards in your travels in Colombia. The reason you would go to La Popa is for the views of the city, which are spectacular. The chapel is lovely and the foreign money exhibit is interesting. There are some handicraft vendors just outside the main entrance and you can bargain a bit with them.

Visited February 2014
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