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Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Ramadama
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Reviewed May 4, 2019

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 .

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank roy v
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Reviewed April 28, 2019

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.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kelleygirl2
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

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!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank B1714D
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank carmenabr
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