Getsemaní

Getsemaní is a neighborhood just outside the walled city of Cartagena. In the past it had a reputation of being seedy and dangerous, but that’s no longer the case. I stayed in Getsemaní during some of my trips to Cartagena and found parts of it to be a bit run down but still a lively and friendly place to stay. There are several good bars and restaurants to hang out in even if it was once off the tourist path. Historically, it’s where African slaves used to live during colonial times. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage listing of Cartagena.

 

The Streets of Getsemaní

The attraction in Getsemaní, much like the old town, is wandering through the streets. I found several colorful buildings, some refurbished and others not. There was also a good amount of graffiti art.

A street in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

A street in Getsemaní

Graffiti art in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Graffiti art in Getsemaní

Graffiti art in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Graffiti art in Getsemaní

 

Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad

There are a few buildings of note, mainly colonial churches. Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad, sitting on a small plaza, is the biggest of the churches. It doesn’t look very big but has a cavernous interior when you walk inside. Just outside the church is a small monument.

Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad

Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad

Statues outside Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Statues outside Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad

 

Other Churches

Iglesia de San Roque and Iglesia de la Santa Orden are the other two churches. Neither were open when I walked by.

Iglesia de San Roque in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Iglesia de San Roque

Iglesia de la Santa Orden in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Iglesia de la Santa Orden

 

Theatres

Two very beautiful theaters sit next to each other opposite the old town. Teatro Cartagena and Teatro Colón look like they haven’t been used in ages, but you can tell they were once very grand places.

Teatro Cartagena and Teatro Colón in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Teatro Cartagena and Teatro Colón

 

Parque del Centenario

Parque del Centenario is a large park with several tall trees, benches, and some fountains. It’s nice to walk through.

Parque del Centenario in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Parque del Centenario

 

Getsemaní at Night

While Getsemaní is great to see during the day, it really comes alive at night, especially on Saturday. I spent a good hour in the plaza in front of Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad. There were several people sitting on the wall watching kids play football while street vendors sold street meat and fresh juice. Some restaurants had people seated on the sidewalk eating pizza, crepes, sandwiches, and pasta. It was a great scene to be a part of.

Getsemaní at night, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Getsemaní at night

Street food in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Street food

Getsemaní at night, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Getsemaní at night

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