The sea breeze and the sunsets transform the colours of the facades of the historical buildings of Cartagena de Indias. Cartagena preserves the colonial architecture in all its constructions and constitutes one of the most complete sets of fortifications in South-America. On this post, you will learn more about a beautiful icon of the city: La Iglesia de San Pedro Claver. If you are planning your next holidays in Cartagena, don’t miss the following information.
Cartagena, adds to the charms of its colonial and modern architecture, a vast array of entertainment options, lively nightlife, cultural festivals, exuberant landscapes, magnificent beaches, excellent culinary offer and an important accommodation infrastructure. Cartagena de Indias is a fantastic city that keeps all its secrets inside its walls. One of its best secrets is Iglesia de San Pedro Claver.
La Iglesia de San Pedro Claver
The Square of San Pedro Claver is home to the church and the convent. The temple was built in the beginning of the 18th century, initially named San Ignacio de Loyola and later renamed as “Iglesia de San Juan de Dios”. The architecture style of the church is an exquisite example of a style called “Jesuitic”. Much of the façade was carved in stone from the island of Tierrabomba. Inside of the church, you can find the stunning major altar, made of marble imported from Italy by Bishop Eugenio Biffi.
In the altar lie the remains of San Pedro Claver, who died in 1654 in Cartagena de Indias, after devoting dedicate its entire life redeeming and ministering the slaves of New Granada. Certainly, the altar won’t let anyone indifferent: the remains of San Pedro are kept in a glass coffin and its skull is visible.
The church still serves for religious purposes and features a museum where you can admire artworks and the cloister. The cloister has stunning natural wealth that provides wonderful views to visitors. The exhibitions include religious artworks, pre-Columbian crafts, African marks and contemporary pieces of Afro-Caribbean tribes. Furthermore, you can visit the cell where “The Apostle of the Blacks” lived and died. Don’t forget to climb the narrow staircase that leads to the choir loft.
Undoubtedly, La Iglesia de San Pedro Claver is a colonial architectural gem of Cartagena. Its historical and religious importance makes it one of the emblematic sites of the city. Undoubtedly, no visit to Cartagena is complete if you don’t admire this fabulous temple. Have you ever been to Cartagena de Indias? Share with us your experiences.