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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 5 6566803
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Cartagena was always a desirable conquest for pirates and enemies of the Spanish Crown; and for this reason, the defense of the city from these threats was a question of priority for its inhabitants from the first decades of the existence of the city. Once the primitive nucleus of Cartagena and the outlying district of Getsemani were fortified, there was a need to erect a structure on San Lazaro Hill that would prevent an enemy attack from its peak, since the hill dominated the walls and the only entrance to the city, the Media Luna Entrance in Getsemani. In addition, this hill was the intermediate point between the city and the nearby Popa Peak, where some heavy guns and canons were installed between 1769 and 1780 to cross fire with the castle and make an enemy attack more difficult from the large beach of Playon Grande in Pie de la Popa.
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Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed today via mobile

I had not been to this fabulous Castle in 38 years and it was just as I remembered it! Una maravilla! The day was hot, so we bought water outside and I wore flat sandals for the climbing. Do go inside and check out the...More

Thank Patricia G
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is a great tour. We booked an English tour down at the same place where we buy the tickets. We were two families with two kids each (ages 8 to 12) so eight people in total. We got Alfonso and he was amazing explaining...More

Thank David M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting old fort built by the Spanish after they took over the area. It costs a few dollars to enter but nothing excessive. Lots of walking, up and down hills and steps, wear comfortable shoes. I walked here from the walked city, took about 15...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I enjoyed the historical significance of the fortress. They call it a castle but I see it as a fortress. It was built to keep the pirates out of the city which used to house all the plundered gold, silver and jewels.

Thank Diana5101
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Reviewed 3 days ago

カルタヘナを見下ろすランドマーク。旧市街からも歩いてすぐ。内部は暗いので足元に注意。上からの展望がよく、旧市街や新市街そしてカリブの海は絵になる。 You can get a nice photogenic view from the top. It is walking distance from the old town.

Thank fugakuan
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you don't have time, you can skip this and save your money. We came here before 10 am. There isn't much to see once you buy a ticket for 25,000 pesos. You walk to the top to look down on Cartagena but the views...More

Thank PandaHouston
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Reviewed 4 days ago

stood in line for 45 mins to buy tkts , there was just one window open, there was not much to see in this castle. do not visit and waste your money and time.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

An amazing structure built on a mountain that oversaw the land entrance of rivals during the time of pirates and enemy forces. This extremely large fort rises above the land and is extremely impressive in size and military foresight. It is a strenuous walk up...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great views of Cartagena and the sea, but not much to see in terms of the castle. Some tunnels to walk through but nothing to give you the impression of what life was like defending the castle from invading hordes. Worth a visit if you...More

Thank Bob V
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great pictures and history, paid the additional tour guide and had fun plus it's a maze in there you need it. Bring water, it is extremely hot

Thank ZoePR
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myenorom
19 November 2017|
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Response from Beachtraveler62 | Reviewed this property |
They take credit cards, buy the tickets at the entrance.
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Lorie O
23 October 2016|
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Response from DRital | Reviewed this property |
You can use either. Price is cheaper with Pesos. But we charged it ourselves. Went to the fort from Celebrity cruise ship ourselves. A ride is required. You can't walk it. We took a taxi. Much cheaper than the... More
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Brazilian_atl1
6 April 2016|
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Response from Luis_Andre_Sampaio | Reviewed this property |
It will depend on the kind of disability. If you can walk up hill slowly, you will get to the most interesting site, with good views of the city. You will probably miss the tunnels, which are not so great anyway. The view... More
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