Colombia
Plaza Santo Domingo

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12 travelers at this place:

  • Day126

    Walking around the old town, we reached Plaza Bolívar. There a troupe of artists were performing local dances for tips. They were fabulous with beautiful tradicional clothes and aggressive dance moves that were a mix of latino and african moves. It was a mesmerizing performance that lasted 15-20 min, after which the dancers went around with upturned hats for tips.

  • Day127

    Funny marriage incident

    February 3 in Colombia

    While we were walking around in the old town, we saw many very brightly and elegantly dressed ladies standing outside the Cathedral de Cartagena. We had time before the start of the free tour, so decided to have a look. While we were waiting for the marriage party to arrive, a huge roar of cheer went up and everybody started clapping. Soon, a carriage with the bride and the groom came into sight. The funny thing was, the carriage didn't slow down in front of the cathedral and in fact continued further past all the people lined up around the cathedral door and then beyond till the visible road 😁😁 Everybody was shocked and befuddled. No one seem to know what was going on. With a few seconds, another carriage pulled up. No one clapped or cheered. This one had a lady dressed up in bridal dress and 2 little kids in marriage livery. Before the people could react, the carriage stopped and the 3 of them got off and entered the cathedral. This was the actual bride for the marriage happening in the cathedral. Most probably, the couple that had gone past earlier were getting married at a different church along the same road and happened to pass just a few seconds before the actual bride came 🤣🤣Read more

  • Day127

    To the free tour

    February 3 in Colombia

    It was almost 4 pm by the time we started walking towards the starting point of the free tour. We reached there about 10 min before the tour start but couldn't find where they were. Eventually, around 4:30 pm, we saw them and they started the tour 10 min late. It was extremely hot in the sun, so most of the breaks were in the shade.

  • Day127

    Of door knockers and more..

    February 3 in Colombia

    One more interesting fact that we learnt during the free tour was the door knockers. The door knockers in Cartagena represented who lived in the house. The marine motifs—turtles, fish, mermaids, and even more fanciful creations—adorned the doors of men who made their living from the sea, such as wealthy merchants and traders. Lions represented teachers, lizards represented royalty, masonic symbols represented builders or engineers, and so on. Think of them as a sort of symbolic sign to let everyone know who lived inside.
    Besides the knockers, the number of studs on the doors represented the wealth status of the people living there.
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  • Day127

    Teatro Heredia

    February 3 in Colombia

    Our last stop on the tour was at Teatro Heredia. It is the premiere center for the performing arts in Cartagena. Architects infused Caribbean flair into Classic Italian style to create a venue that represents both the elegance of the Old World and the cultural heritage of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

  • Day127

    Sunset in Cartagena

    February 3 in Colombia

    The tour got over at 6 pm, just as the sun was setting. We came out of the theater and climbed the old city wall nearby to see the sunset. It was a beautiful evening, sitting on the city wall, enjoying the cool evening sea breeze and the lovely colors of the sun going down into the Caribbean sea.

  • Day127

    Night in the old town

    February 3 in Colombia

    As it started getting darker, the streets of the old town turned magical again with all the lights coming on giving it a fairytale like look. We walked around enjoying the atmosphere and the tourist hustle and bustle. Now that we knew about the door knockers, more and more started getting obvious 😉 We tried some chicha from a roadside vendor as well.

  • Day27

    Cartagena in Columbien

    February 25, 2017 in Colombia

    Die Sonne hat uns wieder.
    Cartagena ist eine Stadt an der karibischen Küste Kolumbiens, eine wunderschöne Altstadt in der man die Zeit vergessen kann. Abends kann man durch die Straßen schlendern und alles mögliche zum Essen und Trinken an kleinen Ständen für wenig Geld bekommen. Da einen frischen Saft, ein Spieß vom Grill oder in einem Schokoladen Museum kolumbianische Süßigkeiten verkosten. Alles im Allen hat es uns sehr sehr gut gefallen! :)Read more

  • Day319

    Piraten der Karibik

    July 18, 2017 in Colombia

    Tatsächlich standen die Piraten auf die Stadt Cartagena. Hier wurde immerhin die spanische Flotte mit dem Gold und Silber, dass in der Kolonie gewonnen wurde, beladen. Dementsprechend oft wurde versucht von Briten, Franzosen und anderen, den Ort zu Brandschatzen. Das funktionierte auch in den ersten Jahrhunderten. Dann holte sich die Stadt, wie es Mode der Zeit war, afrikanische Sklaven und ließ sich eine Befestigungsanlage bauen, die ihres gleichen suchte.
    Von den 4 Forts steht heute noch eines und die Stadtmauer ist noch nahezu komplett erhalten. Danach wurde die Stadt auch nicht mehr erobert, geplündert oder sonst wie schikaniert, mal abgesehen vom Versuch Unabhängigkeit zu erlangen. Hier wurde die Stadt belagert und gab erst nach 105 Tagen ohne Nahrung auf. Was ihr bis heute den Spitznamen La Heroica (Die Heldenhafte) eingebracht hat.
    Heute sind es vor allem Touristenmassen, die das Stadtbild prägen. Die Stadt macht allgemein einen sehr sauberen und modernen Eindruck und putzt sich im Moment heraus für einen Papst besuch im September. Das Wetter ist unberechenbar, so kann es bei wolkenfreiem Himmel einen halbstündigen Regenschauer geben.
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