Iglesia De San Pedro Claver, Cartagena
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Address: Carrera 4 No. 30-01, Centro, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Iglesia De San Pedro Claver, Cartagena
San Pedro was a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary who became the patron saint of slaves and seafarers. In Christianity, he is considered to be one of the greatest examples of what the exercise of human rights should look like. It’s said he personally baptised over 300,000 souls. Today, he is considered a national hero. The relics of the saint rest under the main altar of this Jesuitic-style 16th century church.
The facade of the church is said to be the greatest of all churches in the city. But also see the well in the courtyard, where he baptised thousands. The church museum dedicated to the saint was opened in 1950. The tour includes the apartments, and artifacts from his life. There's a small collection of religious art from Europe and Latin America, and also Afro-Caribbean art. There's even a small archaeological exhibit of pre-columbian ceramics.
In front of the church is the pretty Plaza de San Pedro Claver. Lined with restaurants and charming artisan shops selling handicraft and jewelry, it is a delightful attraction in its own right! You’ll find a striking statue of San Pedro there. Other smaller statues depict the day to day life of the people. Buy food and drink from the street vendors. It’s a shady place, an excellent refuge from the heat.
Iglesia De San Pedro Claver Information
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Iglesia De San Pedro Claver Ticket Prices
- Adults: COP 11,000
- Children: COP 7,000
Iglesia De San Pedro Claver Opening and Closing Hours
- Museum: 8am-5pm
How To reach Iglesia De San Pedro Claver by Public Transport
- Drive to here or take a taxi.
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Iglesia De San Pedro Claver, Cartagena Reviews
Magical Realism at its finest!!! Enjoyed a wonderful tour with our tour guide: Mr. Carlos Pelaez Martinez. He speaks some English and French (although we did our tour with him in Spanish as we are fluent). Mr. Pelaez is a deeply devout and humble, spiritual man who exudes the mystery that is Spiritual Colombia at its finest. We enjoyed his presence so much, we invited him out to lunch in addition to doing the tour with him. He lives the inner mysteries of Christ and was thus the perfect guide for the life and teachings of this great Saint: San Pedro Claver. For a genuine experience of the magical Colombia do a tour with this wonderful man.
The inner garden is so peaceful and nice. You can sit and relax there. I wasn't really interested in religious art, but the Haiti art on the second floor was interesting. The remains of the saint at the alter are quite unusual to see.
It's part of perhaps the most beautiful church in the city. They're under the religious congregation of the Society of Jesus. Very humane and forward thinking people
Beautiful Church and Stunning Plaza It is easy to get to a bit confused remembering all of the plazas, parques and churches that will delight you when visiting Cartagena. However, this church and plaza truly stand out. The plaza in front the church is a small but beautiful place where you will see numerous metal sculptures that portray locals at work and play. There is also the La Tienda del Museo, which is a museum shop for the Modern Art Museum. It is a beautiful store to enjoy. The church honors Saint Peter Claver, a man through great sacrifice and love, provided the slaves that were arriving from Europe with medication and food . He considered himself to be a slave of the slaves. This is a place not to be missed.
So much history here. Enjoyed it very much
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