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Tour No. 4 COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE AND MUSEUMS
 
 
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  COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE AND MUSEUMS

Visit Rafael Nuñez´s House and Museum - Bovedas(Dungeons) – Palace of Inquisition Gold Museum – Teresita Roman House - Refreshment( water) Shopping in walled city

The magnificent city of Cartagena de Indias is home to many museums and historical buildings and this fascinating tour includes some of the finest examples.

Departing from the pier in air-conditioned motor coaches you will begin the tour with a panoramic view of the military fort of San Felipe de Barajas. Situated outside the walled city, this monumental fort is considered to be the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the new world. Its construction began in 1536 and lasted for 121 years

You will then continue to the El Cabrero neighborhood for a visit to the Rafael Nuñez House and Museum. Rafael Nuñez is one of the most illustrious Cartageneros of all time; President of Colombia four times, he wrote the words of the National Anthem and created the constitution of 1886. The house where he lived and died is built in the spectacular Antilles Architectural style and is now a museum of the life of Rafael Nuñez.

You now have time to visit The Dungeons within the walled city ramparts which were built to store provisions for the troops and are now home to a high quality handicrafts market selling brightly decorated cloth, woodwork & woven bags made by some of the indigenous peoples of Colombia
The tour continues with a visited to The Heredia Theater, that was built of the ruins of an old Mercy Church ( 1625) to commemorate the Centenary of the independence (1911), restored as a cultural Center for theatrical and musical performances.
The Theatre was built in the horseshoe from with boxes and balconies with partitioned cedar lattices providing a lacey appearance.
The stairways and sculptures are of Italian Carrara Marble. Paintings of the fire curtain and ceiling were done by the well known Cartagena artist, Enrique Grau. It has been restored with all the modern theatrical techniques.
The historic colonial city of Cartagena is surrounded by 9 miles of ramparts which took 194 years to build and enabled Cartagena to defend its self from the attacks of marauding English pirates. During your guided walk you will some of the most impressive and best preserved colonial Spanish architecture in South America with its imposing merchant’s houses, narrow streets, flower bedecked balconies stunning civic buildings and beautiful churches.

Your tours continue to the Palace of Inquisition. The aim of the Inquisition was to judge crimes against the Catholic faith, but it never recognized anyone is innocence. This building is the most important example of civilian architecture of the eighteen century. Its construction was finished in 1776.

At the Plaza Bolivar you will visit the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays when close we will visit Galeria Cano next door which has the replicas of the Gold Museum) which houses a complete and beautiful archeological display of the pre-Colombian cultures and the fabled El Dorado.

Some spare time will be given for shopping in the old city for the famous Colombian emeralds or opportunity for more pictures of this lovely city.

Then the continue with visited Casa Román which her property is Teresita Román famous for cook book and desserts book in Colombia, She lives at the possibly Cartagena's most famous private home. It's an extravagant nineteenth-century Moorish fantasy whose arched windows are copied directly from the Alhambra. The house is built around a tiled courtyard, and doors lead to sitting rooms and bedrooms. Her father invented Kola Román, an electric-pink soda popular throughout the region. Her cookbook features a number of recipes that use Kola Román imaginatively, including plantains marinated in Kola Román and Kola Román fruit cocktail. As Teresita is telling me about her recipes, her maid offers me an ice-cream soda made with Kola Román. It tastes like bubble gum.

Above all, Teresita is known and loved for her collection of 1,470 dolls (reportedly the largest in Colombia) representing the nations of the world. She began the collection in 1948 with a Romería del Rocío baby doll in a frilly linen skirt. One of her most recent acquisitions is a Shakira doll, which stands in a prominent place in the Colombian group. Teresita keeps her collection in glass displays that fill a corner room in Casa Román. Three assistants were busy labeling, cataloguing, and cleaning the dolls.

   
  Duration : 4 hours
   
  City : Cartagena de Indias
   
  Transportation : Bus
   
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