Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, Cartagena

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At the highest point in Cartagena, Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa features an impressive interior, matched only by the  views stretching over the entire city. Founded in 1607 as a small wooden chapel, the convent now houses an image of the patroness of the city, La Virgen de la Candelaria. Outside stands a statue of a murdered local priest, killed for trying to spread Christianity. No public transport traverses the switchback road winding its way to the top of the hill, and walking up isn't advised for safety reasons in the extreme climate. Take a cab and try haggling for a better price. Plan your Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa visit and explore what else you can see and do in Cartagena using our Cartagena online travel planner.
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  • This place is all about the view. While the history is interesting and the displays are well done,the view of cartagena is the reason to visit.  more »
  • Great historic church and convent with the best view of Cartagena! The museum items and courtyard are not to be missed.  more »
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  • Nice views of the castle and old town, plus the rest of Cartegena. Some historical information about the convent is provided, as well as artifacts and maps. Overall, perhaps if you are interested in religious history, it may be more worthwhile. In any case, the views are nice.
  • I walked there from the walled city for some exercise in the early evening. The only dicey part of walking there was at the bottom of the mountain. It was closed; however, the night view was spectacular. The police guarding it went out of their way to let me in and see the view from the terrace outside. When I walked back down the mountain one of them kept an eye on me to keep me safe. I really love this city and it's people
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