Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, Cartagena

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#3 of 40 in Historic Sites in Cartagena
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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At the highest point in Cartagena, Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa features an impressive interior, matched only by the  views stretching over the entire city. Founded in 1607 as a small wooden chapel, the convent now houses an image of the patroness of the city, La Virgen de la Candelaria. Outside stands a statue of a murdered local priest, killed for trying to spread Christianity. No public transport traverses the switchback road winding its way to the top of the hill, and walking up isn't advised for safety reasons in the extreme climate. Take a cab and try haggling for a better price. Plan your Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa visit and explore what else you can see and do in Cartagena using our Cartagena online travel planner.
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  • At the suggestion of our taxi driver, we took a short ride here. The views are magnificent. There is actually not much to see here, church items mostly, a chapel, but it is still worth a visit. 
    At the suggestion of our taxi driver, we took a short ride here. The views are magnificent. There is actually not much to see here, church items mostly, a chapel, but it is still worth a visit.  more »
  • It’s a peaceful place with lots of historic paintings and statues… on top of a mountain. Close to the San Felipe fortress …. Beautifull view of the city .a must to see . 
    It’s a peaceful place with lots of historic paintings and statues… on top of a mountain. Close to the San Felipe fortress …. Beautifull view of the city .a must to see .  more »
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  • It’s interesting and worth a visit on your trip to Cartagena. It costs 12,000 pesos for adult admission as of October, 2021. The view is quite nice in several directions, as well. The important tip is this: if you take a taxi or a car service to this location, pay them a few pesos to wait for you to drive you back. The taxis you see at the top are already taken (waiting) so they are not available to drive you. And the taxis in the city would prefer not to drive up the hill to pick you up,so they may not respond to a taxi app request. Pay a taxi to wait for you, that’s the easiest route.
  • Nice upscale shops and vibe. Also has an amazing multi purpose performance venue. Few interesting restaurants.

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