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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 5 6566803
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Cartagena was always a desirable conquest for pirates and enemies of the Spanish Crown; and for this reason, the defense of the city from these threats was a question of priority for its inhabitants from the first decades of the existence of the city. Once the primitive nucleus of Cartagena and the outlying district of Getsemani were fortified, there was a need to erect a structure on San Lazaro Hill that would prevent an enemy attack from its peak, since the hill dominated the walls and the only entrance to the city, the Media Luna Entrance in Getsemani. In addition, this hill was the intermediate point between the city and the nearby Popa Peak, where some heavy guns and canons were installed between 1769 and 1780 to cross fire with the castle and make an enemy attack more difficult from the large beach of Playon Grande in Pie de la Popa.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Got here at 815am to try and avoid the heat & expecting a crowd on Saturday morning. Took us about 2 hrs with an audio set. Think about downloading the app before you come, might save some $$ this way (I'm not sure, the app...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Awesome! This old Castle was very interesting to tour. Be sure to watch the movie as it tells all about the history of the castle. It is a spectacular place to visit while in Cartagena and is located only minuets from old town. The taxi...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An enjoyable couple of hours, especially for history buffs. Don't miss the video presentation (in Spanish with English subtitles) that will explain the history and significance of this fort. Located in the Military Hospital. As almost everyone else has stated- be prepared for lots of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was GRANDPAcking in Cartagena for 5 nights. One day I visited the castle. Entry is C$25,000 for adults. The castle has been well restored and it is well maintained. One of the main and unique attractions of this castle are the tunnels … many...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went without guide nor audio self guide. Nice place to walk around both inside and outside. Be aware of the burning sun and bring water bottles from the entrance. Did only notice souvenirs for sale inside the walls. Entrance fee 25k for adult.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Well preserved but second to Viejo San Juan in Puerto Rico. Still makes a great stop and worthwhile visit. There is a decent view from the top.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Taxis in Cartagena are inexpensive and will take you anywhere and wait for you. They know the main touristic sites and will offer you a half day tour for much less than a private tour. Basically, you are hiring a tour guide who will give...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The castle has the historic information about the Spanish war engineering to protect their american colonies. It brings the tunnels located underground used to protect the guardians as well as to explode in a case of an invasion by any enemy.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A visit to here is necessary when coming to Cartagena. The audio guide is definitely worth it- there is so much history to unpack and give context to the structure and the surrounding lands and waters. Make sure to budget enough time so you don't...More

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Luis D, Director General at San Felipe de Barajas Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Castillo de San Felipe, thanks for the comment, greetings from Cartagena

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a tour to this place with a guide. The place is not a castle like the name states, it’s a fort. It was one of he strategists places of defense back in the day. Ticket price is 25.000 COP about 9 US dollar....More

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myenorom
November 19, 2017|
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Response from Beachtraveler62 | Reviewed this property |
They take credit cards, buy the tickets at the entrance.
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Lorie O
October 22, 2016|
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Response from DRital | Reviewed this property |
You can use either. Price is cheaper with Pesos. But we charged it ourselves. Went to the fort from Celebrity cruise ship ourselves. A ride is required. You can't walk it. We took a taxi. Much cheaper than the... More
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Brazilian_atl1
April 6, 2016|
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Response from Luis_Andre_Sampaio | Reviewed this property |
It will depend on the kind of disability. If you can walk up hill slowly, you will get to the most interesting site, with good views of the city. You will probably miss the tunnels, which are not so great anyway. The view... More
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