Templo de Santo Domingo

Templo de Santo Domingo, Cartagena

Templo de Santo Domingo
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Athens, Greece2,675 contributions
Nice church
Nov 2020 • Solo
The door is massive to temple, simple interior and church and for a quick stop to go inside to see the church
Written December 20, 2020
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Nice facade & Lively plaza :)
Jan 2020
Kind of "eye-catching", I would say, is the long front face which is just "nice & bright", and also quite impressive is another face of the building (the left-side one as you're facing toward the building and entering the lane on that side) with a number of huge columns along that face (quite "formidable-looking" ones actually as part of the building's structure).

But as impressive as the exterior of this building is, the interior though is just one of "limited space" although yes that actually was not much of a surprise after having been to a number of San Francisco & Santo Domingo sites (in Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador) where the "church part" of each of them is just a relatively small one compared to the overall sizes of those buildings. In any case, still worthwhile entering here are the sculptures of saints mounted above along the two sides of the main aisle, and yes actually what was kind of unique about this church for me was seeing body replicas (inside glass coffins or such) of "both the Christ & the Virgin" instead of just that of the Christ as can be seen at many other places. And kind of a "common finding" among 3 cathedrals visited in Cartagena (with the other two being Santa Catalina & San Pedro Claver) is that there's just "not much of ornateness" (such as glittering & elaborate shrines along the lengths inside) in any one of them (and which I believe are the biggest among the churches in the "Walled City"!).

And yes, just as great as the "upbeat exterior" of this building (overall likely a convent or a monastery) is the plaza right in front which was just a "pretty lively" one (as seen in a midday) with packed outdoor cafes & people for a photo-op with the huge bronze "nude lady" by Botero (a pretty good pic really with also the lovely 5-storied building in the background on the opposite side of the Plaza from this building). And also, not in the immediate vicinity, but at just about a 5-minute walk away (to the right after coming out of this church then another right into the street with those huge columns of this building on one side as mentioned above) is the "west-side wall" called Baluarte Santo Domingo (so named due to the proximity to this site as I later learned) to go up "just a short way above" for some great sea views with also a number of cannons & small watchtowers.
Written August 12, 2020
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ERIC W
Knoxville, TN4,208 contributions
Worth checking out
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful old church well worth checking out. I love how different churches are all over the world. Free entry and you only need about 15-30 minutes to check the whole place out
Written January 24, 2020
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,214 contributions
A Lovely Church Hidden Away
Dec 2019
This church has changed little since the colonial days and is the oldest church in the city and was built to resist invaders
Written January 21, 2020
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ1,988 contributions
Old church
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is the oldest church in Cartegena and if you are passing by and the door is open go in and take a look. The day we walked they were conducting a wedding service. The church itself is very average.
Written December 14, 2019
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,008 contributions
Worth visiting the area
Apr 2019 • Couples
As part of a tour we were taken here and given time to see this great old church and enjoy the square that bore the same name.
Being built in 1570 it is apparently the oldest church in town and the architecture is popular of that time, it is a big complex overall, covering a whole block .
Lovely inside with lots Of tombstones and other interesting features, a lot of history has gone through it’s doors.
Well worth a look .
Written May 4, 2019
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
Surprisingly light and spacious inside...see the black carving of Christ!
Feb 2019 • Couples
The Convento de Santo Domingo, founded in 1551, and built in 1539, is the oldest church in Cartagena. It was a monument to baroque architecture favored by the Catholic Church during the Spanish Colonial period. 1529 was the first arrival of the Dominican Friars to evangelize Spain’s conquest. The early church maintained a community of friars of the Dominican Order here until the 19th century. Sam brought us inside the to see this historic church. It was surprisingly bright inside the lofty and spacious interior. The warm glow of sunshine on the gold walls of the altar contrasted with the deep blue dome and drew you forward, into the holy space. The floor in front of the high baroque altar is paved with old tombstones dating back to the 19th century.

An unusual metal and wood spiral staircase located toward the back of the church was used to provide access to the mezzanine. I was most impressed by the striking image of Christ carved in 18th century wood. The statue of Christ is displayed to the right of the altar tucked away out of view of the back of the church which means you really need to approach the altar to see it as well as the tombstones on the floor. To my mind, the statue steals the show with the black carving of Christ against the pale blue back lighting. It was most impressive. The Virgin Mary of Transition on the right hand side of the church is in repose with her crown of gold and emeralds.

Legend has it that the church’s tower is a little tilted because the devil showed up a few days before construction was finished and tried unsuccessfully to topple it. It does remain a bit tipsy. Apparently the construction crew were not adept at calculations. the unusually large central nave and covered by a heavy roof posed problems. Later on the vault began to crack so massive buttresses had to be added to the walls to support the structure and prevent it from collapsing. There were also problems with the quadrangular bell tower, which is still definitely crooked.
Written April 28, 2019
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Oldest Church in Cartagena
Mar 2019 • Friends
The Santo Domingo Church dates back to 1570, being the first religious bldg in Cartagena. It dominates the same name sq.
The exterior is classic Spanish style, while the interior is rather simple with three naves.
Pay attention to a twisted bell tower!!
Written April 14, 2019
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carmenabr
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic51 contributions
Nice View Large Door
May 2018
The Santo Domingo Templo is inside of one of the most popular streets in Cartagenamalthough it was closed, we went at noon, and people told us they open in the afternoon around 4pm.
Written April 14, 2019
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Randy C
Summerfield, Florida, United States811 contributions
Nice plaza in the middle of the old city
Mar 2019 • Friends
This is the reason you need to explore the city by foot. By car or tour bus you would miss this place completely.
Written April 3, 2019
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