Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, Cartagena

#3 of 39 in Historic Sites in Cartagena
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • The views from the convent are amazing! You can walk all around the grounds and see Cartagena from up high in every direction. The building is very beautiful and it is an easy cab ride up...  more »
  • Beat view in the city. Sort of ends there. The place has amazing views of Cartagena and the ocean. And the building itself is pretty. But there really isn’t much there It’s an easy but winding...  more »
  • It's a lot of work to get there and back (and expensive) and there isn't that much to see. The view of the city is nice, but that's about it. The courtyard is pleasant as well. There is a small museum inside the convent. Since we are not religious and not really into history, for the price of entry and the effort it took to get there I think we should have skipped it.
  • The view of the city is great! But the convent itself is not much to look at except for the amazing gold altar. To get up the hill to la Popa you must hire a taxi and then pay for them to wait for you - there is no cell reception on the hill, so don't plan to call for an uber or taxi from there. Wasn't a long visit, but an expensive one.

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