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“Art and history are much nicer than the cathedral”

Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
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Owner description: Four hundred years ago jesuits established in Cartagena and founded a school and a church in downtown. During the XVII century a father called Pedro Claver dedicated all his life to the protection of the african slaves and became saint 300 hundred years later. To keep alive his legacy, jesuits came back to the city at the end of XIX century and started to collect pieces for a museum that includes precolombian, religious and african caribbean art and, of course, the chamber and other spaces where the saint lived and died. Nowadays it is the museum with the most complete collection of religious art in Colombian coast, and the building preserves the spirit of Claver, the spirit of Human Rights.
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Art and history are much nicer than the cathedral”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We visited the cathedral and museum of San Pedro today. I really liked the history of Pedro Claver, as he was a real defender of human rights, especially those of African slaves, centuries ago. Beautiful paintings about his life story.

Upstairs they have some nice pics, made by kids from 5 different, unpopular districts of Cartagena, and colorful African-Caribbean art, which was pretty nice. I didn't like the rest of the older parts of the museum (ceramics and religious arts) and the cathedral wasn't special at all. I've seen cathedrals that are much more impressive. We didn't take a tour, so maybe it was our own fault :). Entrance is 9000 COP.

Visited August 2014
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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Annoying tour guides”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

I might have a bias opinion cause I was kind of force to go here when I did not want to but with that being said,the worst part about wanting to see this old Cathedral was all of the tour guides outside that fight among themselves to show you around

Visited September 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Church with interesting history”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is the most interesting church in Cartagena - we had a local guide show us around and it was worth the money to know the history of the place. If I were to choose once church to see in the town, this is the one.

Visited May 2014
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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nice church in the heart of the Walled City”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

I was a groomsman in a wedding that was held in this church. The church was beautiful both during the day and at night. If you are interested, there's a guided tour you can take to learn some of the fairly interesting history of the church. The entrance for the tour if to the left of large main entrance church doors. Be careful though; as with everywhere else in Cartagena, there will also be people there who claim to give official tours but are not official tour guides.

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Slightly disappointing”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

I really wanted to like this church. Beautiful from the outside, but being pestered by tour guides (including one who acted like he was the official church guide- very annoying!) was not fun. Also, the small rooms that hold the religious artifacts and relics were so stuffy I had to go use my inhaler. Come prepared if you have allergies.

Visited July 2014
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