According to the latest study conducted by monkey.co.uk and shared by Forbes magazine, Colombia is the third most beautiful country in the world, thanks to its varied landscape and the number of natural wonders. For this reason, it has recently stood out internationally as a tourist destination thanks to its abundance and variety of natural resources, culture, gastronomy, and landscapes, ranging from warm beaches with crystal-clear waters to snow-capped mountains and moorlands, tropical jungles, and even desserts.
Among the principal destinations, it can be found Cartagena de Indias, it is a city declared a Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, full of charm in its walled centre and with perfect beaches to enjoy the breeze of the Caribbean Sea. Because its climate is typically tropical, and hot all the time with minimal seasonal temperature changes, its beaches can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
The Downtown area of Cartagena has varied architecture, mainly a colonial style, but republican and Italian-style buildings, such as the cathedral's bell tower, can be seen. The main entrance to downtown is the Puerta del Reloj (Clock Gate), which exits onto the Plaza de los Coches (Square of the Carriages). A few steps farther is the Plaza de la Aduana (Customs Square), next to the mayor's office. Nearby is San Pedro Claver Square and the church is also named for Saint Peter Claver, where the body of the Jesuit saint ('Saint of the African slaves') is kept in a casket, as well as the Museum of Modern Art. A 20-minute walk from downtown is the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, located in el Pie de la Popa (another neighbourhood), one of the greatest fortresses built by the Spaniards in their colonies. The tunnels were all constructed in such a way as to make it possible to hear the footsteps of an approaching enemy. Some of the tunnels are open for viewing today.
Palacio de la Proclamación
The place that welcomes you with open doors is the Palace of the Proclamation, an architectural jewel, dating from 1560, located within the walled sector of the city of Cartagena, in the square that also bears his name, which it received, because in this place was given the proclamation of the Act of Independence of Cartagena, on November 11th, 1811, in the middle of the independence process of the New Granada.
The restoration project of this beautiful precinct was initiated by Governor JUAN CARLOS GOSSAIN, continued by Dr. DUMEK TURBAY PAZ, and finally completed under the administration of Dr. VICENTE ANTONIO BLEL SCAFF.
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