Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena

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Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena - Address

Address: Inquiscion, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

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Over the centuries, the plaza has taken its various names from the monuments that surround it. At first it was the church, when it was called the Plaza de la Iglesia. When the Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition set up operations here in 1614, it became known as Plaza de Inquisición. Today, it’s a shady hangout surrounded by beautiful colonial structures - the Baroque Inquisition Palace, the Government Palace, the Gold Museum and the Bank of the Republic. People usually come here for some respite from the heat. You might see some people playing chess. In the evening, it tends to become lively with dancers and musicians. There’s a large 1896 statue of Simon Bolivar sitting astride a horse in the center of the square.

How To reach Plaza Bolivar by Public Transport

  • Drive to here or take a taxi from outside Old Town.
  • Walk to here from inside Old Town.

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  • This literally is one of my favorite places to see traditional folk dances and Afrocolombian dances! Excellent place

  • Beautiful! Such a cool piece of history! The signs with explanations were well written!

  • Dance off at noght typical colombiano dancing, walking, especial place.

  • Trees, cool place to hang, young people dancing, secure, friendly police officers on duty 24 hours, nice feel

  • Across the street from the Cathedral, where Gabriel Garcia Marquez came fleeing Bogota. He tried to sleep in the stone benches and got arrested for breaking the curfew of the times. He was taken and put in jail but the police officer first took him to dinner because GGM was hungry. Of course he did. This is cartagena, a land where such things happen.

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