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Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

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Cra. 17, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
+57 5 6421293
http://fortificacionescartagena.com/
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Built around 1536, Castillo de San Felipe is a large fortress built overlooking the city of Cartagena. The fortress was one of the first built by the Spanish, erected in a strategic location that ... Read more
allowed easy defense from both land and sea invasions. Historical, military, and architectural enthusiasts alike will enjoy the fortress, with its complex defense structure and layered, maze-like interior. As of now, it no longer serves a military purpose, having been considered a World Heritage Site in 1984. Instead, it is a location for social and cultural gatherings.

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Beautiful sight and history specially because you can have audio guides which makes the experience like a movie ❤️.

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Snohomish

It was so cool to see the history of it and behind it. Also there are tunnels that you can go through which is awesome to go through! I would do it again.

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New York City

If you ever been to a fort : this one is just like the rest. The huge importance of the fort however and the historical value makes all the difference. Castle has many tunnels and passage ways.. i recommend a guide if you are an history buff.. lots of cool infos. Guide cost around $10. For a fort this big i didn't see to many cannons. After the tour feel free to roam around. It is also a great picture taking place. I recommend bringing water if you are going during the day. Ps they also have night tour. If visiting Cartagena and have the time i highly recommend it. If you are an history buff well its a must visit.

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Oakland

Cost is about $7 to explore the sights of this old fort with it's underground hideouts. Take a taxi to and from, no problem.

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New York City

The greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies, the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is a sight to behold. It can be seen from practically anywhere you are in Cartagena, as it was designed to protect the city from pirates and pillagers. Despite several attempts to storm it, the Castillo was never taken. You can purchase an audio guide to get more of the history.

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Puerto Vallarta

The castle that protected the city and the region from an attempted invasion by the British several hundred years ago. You can tour the grounds yourself or with a guide. There is also a video presentation that tells you a bit more about the battle.

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Belo Horizonte

No doubt it's the mayor fortress built by the Spanish in the 17th century in a colony. Get the headphones for a self guided tour. Be aware you'll be outside most of the time, so don't forget a bottled water, comfort shoes and clothes! Getting up to the castle is not that hard but a hot day can make you think twice! Great view of Cartagena

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Toronto

Hi. I am seeking out historical sites that commemorates the jailing of Africans in Cartegena before they were sold into slavery. Can you direct me to a site? I live in Canada and e mail is john_100term@yahoo.ca

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Interesting place to visit, full of Architecture and History. You got to do this at least once.

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A great fort with lots of different levels to explore. There are Spanish guides as wells as audio guides available, seine can easily spend 2 hours there, some od the internal 'tunnels' are open, entry was like 10 dollar per adult. Going I'm the morning hours is recommended - it really gets hot there...

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Brisbane

Amazing fortress that once protected one of the most important harbors in the Western Hemisphere. The Spanish Gold and Silver trade from Peru would pass through Cartagena. The town held a very strategic position, and has a fascinating history. The fort is impressive and a lot of fun to explore. The pictures of the fort with the sea in the background are spectacular especially around sunset

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London

This fort is so strong that it was never conquered. You see why as you climb the ramparts and sneak through the dark tunnels underneath, where you can easily imagine 16th century soldiers hiding in each nook and cranny, ready to jump out and fight. A cool piece of history.

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New York City

The history of this castle is pretty interesting, and it's well covered by the hour-long audioguide. However, I'd suggest going in the morning, as it can get incredibly hot walking along the ramparts at mid-day.

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Santa Clara

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is one of the biggest fortresses built in Latin America by the Spanish. It was first built in 1536 and expanded in 1657. From the top, the fortress provides an excellent view of Cartagena and inside, the fortress has a maze-like structure.

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Menlo Park

This fort was built in the 1600s to protect the city from marauding pirates. One of the highlights of the city!

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Toronto

Very interesting and eye opening!

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Villamiel de Toledo

A Sixteenth Century Monument worth the visit.

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Stanford

not that special.

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Santa Clara

Interesting site and had a great time looking around.

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