Convento de la Popa

The highest point in Cartagena is the location of Convento de la Popa, a monastery founded in 1607 by Augustinian monks. Admission is COP$9,000 per person (as of October 2014), and it can be visited with a taxi or on a chiva tour.

Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Convento de la Popa

 

History

Legend has it that a monk was fasting in the desert and had a dream that the Virgin Mary commissioned him to build a monastery on the highest point in Cartagena.

Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Convento de la Popa

 

Views

Before entering the monastery, it’s possible to get great views of all of Cartagena. A sunny day would’ve been nicer during our visit, but it was still quite a sight.

View from Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

View from Convento de la Popa

View from Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

View from Convento de la Popa

 

The Monastery

Inside the monastery there’s a beautiful courtyard and chapel. The chapel has a statue of La Virgen de la Candelaria and a haunting one of Padre Alonso García Paredes with a spear piercing through is body. The priest and five Spanish soldiers were brutally murdered by natives.

Courtyard at Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Courtyard

Chapel at Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Chapel

Statue of Alonso García Paredes at Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Statue of Alonso García Paredes

A small museum contains some ecclesiastical art and a paper money collection from several countries around the world.

Turkish money at Convento de la Popa in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Turkish money

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