Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, Cartagena

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Dedicated to a South American human rights pioneer whose remains still rest there today, Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver exudes a sense of tranquility. Built between 1580 and 1654, the structure features an imposing stone facade, yet the interior glows with the rich colors filtered through its stained glass windows. After appreciating the architecture, you can visit the church's cloister, where San Pedro baptized thousands of slaves, as well as its museum, to get some historical perspective on the building. If you take a guided tour, make sure to clarify the price in advance, or you might end up paying extra for translation into English. To visit Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and other attractions in Cartagena, use our Cartagena trip itinerary maker site.
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  • San Pedro Claver is a beautiful Church, one of the nicest in Cartagena. It was built by Pedro, a Spanish missionary who cane to the city and ended up spending his life tending to the back slaves... 
    San Pedro Claver is a beautiful Church, one of the nicest in Cartagena. It was built by Pedro, a Spanish missionary who cane to the city and ended up spending his life tending to the back slaves...  more »
  • Mass was happening so I didn't go up to see the body parts in front of the pulpit area in the tomb. Guess that's what makes the place unique. It is well located and has an important history which I....  more
    Mass was happening so I didn't go up to see the body parts in front of the pulpit area in the tomb. Guess that's what makes the place unique. It is well located and has an important history which I....  more »
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  • The complex is attached to the church with a small museum of colonial paintings and sculptures. But the central courtyard with 3 levels of arched openings is more impressive. Good view of Boca Grande from one of those windows on the second floor. Third floor is being set up for the Afro-Caribbean experience, should be interesting to see once done.
  • Nothing special, don’t waste your money here. We paid 20 euros to get in for something truly disappointing. The church was closed, but looks nice on the outside.

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