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Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias

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Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias

1,786 Reviews
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Totumo volcano and pink sea natural phenomena in the Colombian Caribbean. The pink sea is found In the department of Bolívar is the village of Galerazamba, which is part of the municipality of Santa Catalina. The place has a great history and its salt flats steal the whole show, since they provide the waters forming the intense pink sea, being a natural phenomenon it has a pink hue depending on the season, the season of the pink sea is of December to April. It is currently closed due to the health emergency, that is why we are going to Galerazamba where we will know:<br>- Catalina India<br>- The Ethno-industrial Museum<br>- Viewpoint where you can observe the phenomenon of the pink sea<br><br>The Totumo Volcano you can enjoy a different experience, which is medicinal as well as fun!
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Jeff B wrote a review Jul 2020
Greater Sydney, Australia14 contributions1 helpful vote
If you are expecting gold and treasure, dont bother coming here. Go to the gold museum in Bogota . This fascinating little museum is not for the failt hearted but you may learn more about what the Spanish actually did in South America than you ever will by reading a book. Ondisplay with notes in Spanish and English is the rich history of how the Spanish priests and judiciary subjugated and imposed their "Christian" views onto the locals, mostly slaves from African and ithe local indigenous cultures but really anyone who was not seen as being devout. This involved torture as a means to force ordinary people to renounce their own religions I(or lack of) and to accept Christianity. Trials were a joke because the unfortunate defendant was almost always found guilty no matter what defensive arguments they put up. Crimes included such things as practicing reading forbidden books, witchcraft, enchantment, solicitation (prostitution), bigamy, etc. More than 900 locals were killed over a period of 200 years in the name of Christianity by burning at the stake, torture (many gruesome torture devices are on display), hanging, etc. So called "witches" were typically loaded with weights and thrown into a well. There is also a gallows and a guillotine at the museum. In a nearby bookshop you can buy a little dual language (English/Spanish) book of one writer's description of what happened in Cartagena during this awful time.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Robert S wrote a review May 2020
Lawrence, Kansas2,669 contributions488 helpful votes
This museum does a good job on the historical timeline of Cartegena.. Cartegena is has a unique place in history, and we appreciated the overview. The predominant control by the church, and the gold trade made it a bloody place. We liked it.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Larry T wrote a review Mar 2020
Milford, Delaware554 contributions186 helpful votes
Enjoyed the colonial facade and architecture. Do be careful when walking around due to unlevel surfaces. Most every thing is in Spanish. If you are lacking in Spanish as I am, it is mostly a visual experience. A section of the museum deals with the Spanish Inquisition. Maybe I am morbid but I am disappointed they did not display more torture items. I saw three small items on display. I did like the courtyard. Here was a guillotine (reserved for royals our guide told us), a gallows and some cannon. Restrooms were also located here. I did not use the restroom so I cannot comment on what it was like. We did not directly pay a fee to enter as this was a stop on our Princess Cartagena excursion.
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Date of experience: March 2020
stephan j wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom798 contributions458 helpful votes
They warned us that most description are in Spanish. Nevertheless, except for the building itself the museum contains very few artefacts. I did not find it particularly interesting and would give it a miss
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Date of experience: March 2020
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phutty wrote a review Feb 2020
Tallinn, Estonia1,256 contributions278 helpful votes
By Colombian standards, the COP $22,000 asking price for admission to this museum complex is pretty steep - and not borne out by its exhibitions, which are underwhelming. Sure, you're warned in advance that if you don't speak or at least understand a good deal of Spanish you'll struggle, and the signs dotted around the place concede that the dark days of the 1990s resulted in the loss or destruction of as much as 90% of the museum's pieces, but even so: there's way too much telling and not enough showing, and on the whole the place is confusingly labelled and shambolic. The buildings themselves are gorgeous, but if you know the basic history of the Spanish Inquisition and/or Cartagena, you won't learn anything here you didn't know before. Note that only some of the texts in the Inquisition section of the museum are in English and that even fewer again are to be found upstairs in the displays on Cartagena's history.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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