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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

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Address: Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number:
576566803
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Built by the Spaniards as a defense in colonial times, this is one of the...

Built by the Spaniards as a defense in colonial times, this is one of the oldest buildings in Colombia.

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Superbly Designed Fort

This is a wonderful example of a superbly designed fort which resisted all attempts at being captured. The story attached to its defense against the British adds to the interest... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I didn't do a tour which is probably why I felt this way and might have made a difference to my enjoyment. Some ok views, sunset was cloudy when I went. I wouldn't go during mid day sun as even at 5pm it was hot. Tunnels are cool but you don't get to appreciate it much with so many other... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a wonderful example of a superbly designed fort which resisted all attempts at being captured. The story attached to its defense against the British adds to the interest in the site. TheRe are good views from the fort and interesting features. The one downside was that the day I visited Omega Watches had hired parts and were preparing... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was just amazed at how huge of a fort this is. I've visited several Spanish forts in Mexico and none of them was close in size to this fort. If that wasn't enough I truly thought the views of the surrounding area were worth the price of admission. I would have given it an excellent rating, but for all... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Try to avoid the cruise ship tours as incredibly busy and masses of street sellers. Information provided in English, excellent Limonada de Coco from the cafe

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

nice overlook but too expensive. you will also have a great view from other points. if you decide to go their buy a hat - its really hot

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Any time of the day and early evening.some great views . Can get crowded in parts . I would go 45 minutes before sunset

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is recommended to take a guided tour(we did) as you will not only be able to have someone take you pictures on the most impressive spots, but mainly to listen to the intriguing stories of conquest, powerplays, attacks, and heroic battles fought between the Spanish and British to keep control over this stronghold.

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Very little interpretation in English. A view from the outside is as good as going in. Don't bother with it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Make sure you make the hike early in the morning - never in the midday sun! It's a great view of the city and interesting to see the inside of a old fort. Must go into the old hospital by the cannons (it has one small sign) it is beautifully air-conditioned and the cartoon is very informative and unintentionally funny.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We toured the enormous San Felipe de Baranjas Castle. The early days construction is amazing for this landmark. Lots of walking involved, but a great historical site to visit.

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