Castillo De San Felipe De BarajasCurrently Closed
- Address: Cra. 17, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +57-56566803
- Ticket Price: 25000 COP
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids
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 audio guide 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.
- 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.
- For Colombians: COP 20000
- 6-13 years of age: COP 10500
- Students: COP 1000
- Free for Colombians 62+, the disabled
- Free on Last Sunday of the month, except January, Easter, June and December
- Buses stopping at Paradero de buses Cl 30
- Drive to here or take a taxi.
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Love the history and legacy preserved here. Appreciated the English translations available. Also had a friend to get sick due to the heat and altitude and the medical staff took good care of her. It's a must visit!
Interesting tour of this fort, which never was a castle as the name may mislead. Impressive fortified walls, canons, and most amazing hidden tunnels with amusing stories of pirates, wars, mystery, and strategic hide-aways during Spanish Colonial times. Long walks under the sun in the fort; bring hats and enough water.
A Very interesting place historically. It is better to go here with a guide so they can explain the intricacies of the design of the fort which are truly amazing. Try to go when the sun is not at its peak because it is extremely hot
Impressive 4 century massive fort built by colonial Spanish, it is the largest Spanish fort built in the America. It is still relatively well preserved.on top you have a good view of high-rises of Cartay in the distance. This diet has never been conquered by any enemy.
Amazing and impressive Spanish era fortress. Well preserved and maintained. Be prepared to spend 1-2 hours to thoroughly tour it, and come with comfortable walking shoes, water and sunscreen.