This three-hour walk, led by a historian, will peel back the intriguing layers of the church's role in the story of Cartagena, but also the conquest of South America. The narrow alleys and plazas of Cartagena's old city are dotted with stoic stone towers. These graceful, peaceful churches, convents and monasteries carry with them 500 years of controversial history. In 1533 when Spanish conquistadors arrived in Cartagena, they sought out the riches of the new world, but also to conquer the recently discovered continent and the powerful Spanish church would become instrumental in their success. With the discovery of gold, silver and emeralds, the Spanish Crown along with the Catholic church became concerned that the arrival of so many traders into the city could interfere with the religious devotion of the inhabitants, triggering the establishment of strong religious orders to supervise and prevent the inherence of other religions. We'll begin our walk in the Plaza de San Diego, home to Santa Clara convent, which became a hospital, orphanage and school and then the former monastery of San Diego, founded in 1610 by the Jesuits to shelter the homeless, both sites emphasizing the church's charitable works. As we go along we may stop to discuss the significance of the Church of Santo Toribio and the church of Santo Domingo. on our way to the Order of the Dominicans who came to the city to convert the local indigenous population to catholicism, a site which will bring up some of the issues and involvement with the church in colonization. This will lead us to the Inquisition Palace, headquarters of the powerful institution in Cartagena. Established in 1610 by the Crown and the Catholic church stemming from their rising concerns that the African slaves and other new residents linked to trade would start “contaminating” Catholicism in the area. After taking a look at the Cathedral, we will work our way towards Saint Peter Claver´s Sanctuary. A special site in Cartagena, it is dedicated to the saint who committed his life to providing slaves with healthcare and spirituality, which could give us the opportunity to discuss the evolution of religious beliefs in the African community. We'll finishing our walk at the Plaza de Santa Teresa, right across the street from the old convent of the Carmelites, a religious order of Spanish origin, built with donations from rich families in the community in benefit of the spiritual life of their members.
Cartagena is full of history and charm. At La Popa Monastery, you will have a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Enjoy the artisan center of Las Bovedas (The Dungeons), Plaza Bolivar, the Palace of Inquisition and the Church of San Pedro Claver, and shop for Colombian emeralds - the finest in the world.
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