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The Castle of San Felipe de Barajas is one of the most impressive attractions of the city of

Cartagena,Colombia. It is a military fortification built in 1657 by the governor Pedro Zapata de Mendoza, one of the facts is that it is not a castle as such, because this enclosure has never been inhabited by a king, the historical name is fort of San Felipe de Barajas. This fortification is considered one of the 7 wonders of Colombia and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

The story tells that the San Felipe Castle was built on the hill of Lazaro formerly called

The key to the mainland gate; in order to defend the only entrance to Cartagena by land firm from the continent, which was the door of the crescent moon and protect the riches of the Spanish empire in the times of colonization.

Another curious fact is that its total construction lasted more than 113 years, it obeys the

models of the fortifications of the Renaissance and its walls are so thick that could contain the impact of a cannonball, it represents the architecture of an era, the importance of the city of Cartagena as a port and the surprising ancestral knowledge.

Throughout the years the castle of San Felipe has been preserved, restored and revalued, it is currently the scene for parties, events, parades, entertainment, historical and archaeological studies, it is surrounded by 2 shopping centers, one of them is the San Felipe Shopping Center and the other is the Mall Plaza shopping center,

It is located just 10 minutes from the walled city, opens its doors Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

The entrance fee is $ 25,000 Adults ( All Nationalities)

$ 22,000 Adults ( Colombian Nationality)

Must present a physical Colombian ID,

free admission for children under 6 years and adults over 62 years of Colombian nationality.

You can purchase your ticket by logging on to


-The best time to go to the castle is in the afternoon, the sunsets from here are Amaizing

-Do not miss the Bonete, the oldest and highest part of the castle.

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