Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, Cartagena

#9 of 39 in Historic Sites in Cartagena
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Step through the heavy red doors of Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria and set your gaze along the central nave to admire a golden altar. Completed in 1612 according to an Andalucian-inspired design by Simón González, the episcopal cathedral adds an airy touch to the old streets of Cartagena, with its light yellow facade and pink dome. As you walk through the columned cathedral, look up to the top of the walls and behind the altar to appreciate a collection of intricate wood carvings. Plan to see Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cartagena online travel route builder.
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  • The pink dome above (just a modest-sized one though) is visible from like 2 or 3 blocks approaching this cathedral, and yes it also takes on some different colors after dark when it's lit up. The...  more »
  • No hard to find as nearly every street in the old town appears to have the spire of the Basilica at the end of it. The Cathedral is huge, occupying an entire block, beautiful from outside and simple.....  more »
  • 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.
  • A beautiful structure in the centre of this beautiful and bustling walled city.
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