Old Town of Cartagena, Colombia
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Old Town of Cartagena, Colombia

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The walled old city of Cartagena is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sitting on the Caribbean Coast of northern Colombia, the city has an all-year round tropical weather - with temporary reprieve from the oppressive heat brought about by the cool air blowing from the Caribbean Sea at nightfall. This is the Northern end of Plaza de la Aduana, the oldest and largest square in the old town. Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, right in front, built by the Jesuits houses the remains of the Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver who spent his life ministering the slaves brought here by the Spanish Colonists.

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