Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, Cartagena

Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Four hundred years ago jesuits established in Cartagena and founded a school and a church in downtown. During the XVII century a father called Pedro Claver dedicated all his life to the protection of the african slaves and became saint 300 hundred years later. To keep alive his legacy, jesuits came back to the city at the end of XIX century and started to collect pieces for a museum that includes precolombian, religious and african caribbean art and, of course, the chamber and other spaces where the saint lived and died. Nowadays it is the museum with the most complete collection of religious art in Colombian coast, and the building preserves the spirit of Claver, the spirit of Human Rights.
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Russell
Medellin, Colombia13 contributions
Beautiful.
Aug 2021
The tour of the museum is interesting and the church is impressive. Not as ornamental as in Quito but impressive.
Written 30 August 2021
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flywithlola
Central Argentina, Argentina1,077 contributions
Travel through history
Dec 2019
This is a very beautiful church preserved from the colonial times of the city. The architecture is impressive and one can watch the church from many parts of Cartagena.
Inside you will learn about the life of St. Pedro Claver, who has a very interesting sanctuary inside. Totally worthy the visit.
Written 16 November 2020
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
The "actual remains" of the Saint
Jan 2020
Really quite a "unique scene" inside (at the main altar) is not a body replica but the "actual remains" of Saint Peter Claver (not a total skeleton but may be "somewhat preserved", and who I didn't know at the time but later learned was the "patron saint" of the slaves of Cartagena back in the day), and yes seeing the actual remains of a saint in like a glass coffin is something I wouldn't compare to similar displays but which are body replicas (of which I've seen a number of those of Jesus Christ at a number of churches & cathedrals). Apart from that though, I would say more interesting than the Cathedral itself is the Plaza out front (just a small-sized one in like an L-shape) where to see are a number of these iron sculptures (ones that are pretty much "life-sized") of people engaging in their various daily activities (such as a worker pushing a wheel barrow, a pair playing chess, people sitting around a table, etc.).

Located in the "Walled City" of mostly "flower-balconied" buildings (which are beautiful well-maintained heritage buildings spread out all over the city although with yes some balconies more beautiful than others), also at a less-than-5-minute walk from this cathedral's small plaza (to the left after coming out of the Cathedral and just a straight walk) is another small-sized Plaza de Bolivar but with a nice-sized "equestrian statue" of Simon Bolivar and where on one side of that plaza is Palace of Inquisition (with 2 levels of fairly nice displays of the Cartagena history although a "kind-of-smaller" building than I had expected). And also at right past Plaza de Bolivar is Santa Catalina Cathedral (with a beautiful "pink dome" to look up outside & also with "long carvings" to look up inside along the cathedral's length depicting the Crucifixion scenes).
Written 6 August 2020
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Larry T
Milford, DE553 contributions
Holy Ground
Mar 2020
This beautiful church was built between 1580 - 1654 by the Jesuits. Some consider the facade the richest and most monumental of Cartagena. We entered on the museum side into the beautiful, large courtyard that contained trees and plants. Shady and cool here. To one side of the courtyard is the museum. Our tour did not allow us time to fully enjoy all the artifacts and paintings that were included here. On the other side of the courtyard was the church. It is a large church. No Mass was being celebrated so we were able to walk around and even go up to the altar. The altar is carved from Italian marble. The remains of St. Peter Claver lie behind glass at the base of the altar. You can see and even photo if you wish. Since the remains are robed you only see the skull. As we left the church two nuns were taking free will offerings. Would much rather give to them than all the street hustlers. There was no direct fee for us as this was a stop on our Princess Cartagena excursion.
Written 16 March 2020
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pinn
ontario canada1,452 contributions
Lovely
Mar 2020
Stunning cuppola so make sure to look up. Our guide with Dora the Explorer tours gave us the history.
Written 13 March 2020
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athanasiosn2016
Thessaloniki, Greece32 contributions
Nice place to see
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very nice place. It is a must see in this destination. Close to other sightseeing so add it to your visiting places
Written 1 March 2020
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ4,808 contributions
Interesting museum but all in Spanish
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a pretty church on a square at the edge of the walled old city. They charged an admission which they said was for both the church and church museum. When we were there, a service was going on so we couldn’t go directly into the church. The museum has some very nice religious paintings and other artifacts. There is a pretty courtyard on the bottom floor with shady plants. The second floor has a chapel where St Peter Claver is buried. If you climb the winding stone staircase to the third floor, you are in the balcony of the church where you can view the church below from several lookout points. We didn’t climb up to the bell tower. There is an admission which offers senior discount and all information is in Spanish
Written 29 February 2020
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Stephen N
New York City, NY1,424 contributions
I don't think tourists come to Cartagena for the churches
Feb 2020 • Friends
The Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver is a cool little church and is special to the locals but TBH, tourists are not coming to CTG for the churches. You go to Florence or Rome or London for that kinda stuff. Saint Peter Claver was a simple church and we did see a wedding there so we do understand it's meaningful to the citizens of CTG. However, there isn't much to see inside. From that perspective, the Church of Santa Catalina de Alejandria in Plaza Bolivar has more to see. There apparently is a lookout point in the tower of Saint Peter Claver but we got there after it closed. Lucky for us, our buddy Sonny had a roof deck in his AirBNB so we got a high up view someplace else. Go to check it out but you're not missing much if you're short on time.
Written 9 February 2020
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ERIC W
Knoxville, TN4,208 contributions
Beautifully kept
Jan 2020 • Couples
It’s an $8 per person entry fee and well worth the price. I never mind paying a small fee to help preserve old architecture and historical sites. Nice grounds and museum. Entry to the church included as well
Written 31 January 2020
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Tyler S
Toronto, Canada788 contributions
A pretty, simple church
Jan 2020 • Friends
This church is not overly ornate inside. It isn’t like stepping into the big cathedrals of Europe, but it still has charm. The outside is very unique with it’s stone and colour, and the inside altar and dome is pretty. It’s worth taking a quick peek inside but don’t plan on spending a great deal of time there.
Written 24 January 2020
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