Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena

Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Cra. 17, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Phone: +57-56566803

Ticket Price: 25000 COP

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena

First constructed in 1536, then expanded in 1657, this triangular fortress atop a hill was named after King Philip IV of Spain. Cartagena Governor Don Francisco de Murga had it constructed to prevent enemies from attacking from behind the city. In the 1741 Battle of Cartagena de Indias, it held off British Admiral Vernon’s invading forces of 23,000 men and nearly 200 hundred ships! It also played an important role during the Spanish-American war of independence.

The fortress is grand and intimidating to look at. Rising 41 meters into the sky, with batteries and parapets that reinforce each other's defences, and with a maze of tunnels inside, it has never been taken. For the best experience, make sure to rent the audioguide from the ticket office.

Right outside the castle entrance is a pretty looking square. Rising in the middle you’ll find a monument statue of Spanish admiral Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta. Lame, one-armed, and one-eyed, he fought in the the Battle of Cartagena de Indias, and is thought to have been one of the finest strategists in the Royal Spanish Navy.

Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Information

  • Parking at Avenida Antonio Arévalo and near the "Old Boots” monument on Calle 31.
  • Bring water with you.
  • There is no shade at the Fortress. Try to avoid visiting in the middle of the day. 

Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Ticket Prices

  • For Colombians: COP 20000
  • 6-13 years of age: COP 10,500
  • Students: COP 1000
  • Free for Colombians 62+, the disabled
  • Free on Last Sunday of the month, except January, Easter, June and December

How To reach Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas by Public Transport

  • Buses stopping at Paradero de buses Cl 30
  • Drive to here or take a taxi.

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Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena Reviews

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  • Right outside the old city quarter is this magnificent fortress. At the top you will find some of the best panoramic views of the old quarter and modern skyline. Inside, get yourself lost through the many tunnels. I will warn you....there are some tunnels that are so deep and dark, you will need to turn your flashlight on your smartphone. At one point, it was so dark and hot, I felt claustrophobic and quickly back-tracked to find my way out. I usually dont feel that way. If you desire, guided tours are offered and there are restrooms inside. Standard adult admission is 25,000 peso.

  • This massive fort dominates the landscape. Very impressed. Lots of walking up stairs and through tunnels. Vendors all around the city will tell you hats at this fort are expensive. We discovered hats at the fort are actually cheaper. Go figure. Yes...you will need a hat. The sun will get you.

  • It Is a great historical place you have to visit to know some history and because the view of the city from there is amazing. I'll recommend you to go in the afternoon to see the sunset.

  • Very rich historical place to visit. Be sure to watch the video about the history of the place that is shown there to be able to understand the meaning of the buildings. You buy the tickets directly at the castle. You can hire guides outside before entering, but it might not be necessary.

  • This fortress will take a good 2-3 hours to explore. Not only will you be taking a lot of pictures but It's also pretty big so there's a lot to walk through. Might be helpful to get an audio guide as you walk through the whole fortress. That way, you'll know a little about its history. Also there is a indoor area to watch a video in English so don't forget to stop there. I think it was in what used to be the hospital area at the back of the fortress. The video is an animation and illustrates the history of how the fortress became the way it is today.

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