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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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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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Historical Energy Back in time.

Go early morning at 10 AM, gets really hot , Start your clim slowly ,start at the right , walk threw tunnels then make your way to the left part of structure finish off at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You have to pay 25000 pp for the entrance. After an hour you have seen the place. Its fun to go in the walls and the view is quit nice

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Bayside, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go early morning at 10 AM, gets really hot , Start your clim slowly ,start at the right , walk threw tunnels then make your way to the left part of structure finish off at the rooftop you will see a small hut structure looks like nothing ,it's video room seeing history of structure and city in Spanish but, you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge. Imposing. Very interesting to see. Bring water if you plan to scale this landmark. A must see in Cartagena.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

San Felipe Castle highlights the past Spanish ingenuity. The underground tunnels that provides exits to different parts of the Cartagena city,, the innovative tunnel lighting systems, the strategic location of the castle illustrates the brilliance of the former colonists of Colombia. The castle is well restored. The guides are well versed about the castle's history and are very courteous. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The castle has a good view of Cartagena and is somewhat interesting but nothing you absolutely need to see. And they charge you to enter. If you have extra time do it. If you are in Cartagena for a brief period, it is ok to skip

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is amazing how well kept it is even after all the battles. The place feels safe and there are not that many people offering you stuff while you're up there. There can be a lot of people, so either you go super early or during the sunny hot hours like we did. It is definitely recommended to get an... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is a castle you must have visited if you visit Cartagena. At the same time there is not that much to see except the beautiful view, and the nice video that explains about the history of the city. It is a must do, but do not expect too much from it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Este lugar es delicioso para pasar la tarde, hay guías (pueden decidir si los quieren o no) que te contarán las historias y te llevarán por los túneles. Lo recomiendo por la tarde porque ver el atardecer de Cartagena desde allí es precioso. En cuanto a las tarifas, hay diferentes descuentos, así que lleven sus carnés de estudiantes y de... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's only a short taxi ride from the centre of the old city - or you can wallk. Even if you're not normally into forts, there is enough there in this one to make it worthwhile. We spent over an hour walking around and the tunnels were extensive and fascinating. Bring water - it can get hot and there's not... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The castle is handicapped accessible (ramps), but it is a steep climb. Can look into the old part of the city from the top. Tried to imagine building the castle and am certainly glad I did not have to be part of that. The castle (fort really) has few signs and is relatively bare of furniture, armor, or other items... More 

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