Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, Cartagena

#4 of 39 in Historic Sites in Cartagena
Church · Historic Site
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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  • This is a very beautiful church preserved from the colonial times of the city. The architecture is impressive and one can watch the church from many parts of Cartagena. Inside you will learn about...  more »
  • Really quite a "unique scene" inside (at the main altar) is not a body replica but the "actual remains" of Saint Peter Claver (not a total skeleton but may be "somewhat preserved", and who I didn't...  more »
  • GREAT place to GET TO KNOW! It is a super picturesque and historical place, with colonial structures. The history is worth hearing about and learning, and you can ask any local about it; they will be happy to give you a brief tale of it all. It is a very nice place to explore and see.
  • Saint is visible through window coffin

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