Cartagena's most famous landmark, The Torre del Reloj, or Clock Tower, was once the main gateway to the walled city. It was originally called Boca del Puente (The Mouth of the Bridge) linking Getsemani to the Old City via a drawbridge over a moat.
• This is the meeting place for everyone.The Clock tower will serve as your central compass no matter where you are based during your stay
• There is lots of commotion here at night
Address: Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
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Built to celebrate the first centenary of the Colombian Republic in 1911, the Teatro Adolfo Mejia was constructed by Luis Felipe Jaspe, the architect responsible for many key local landmarks, most notably the Clock Tower.
Construction on the tower begun in 1601, and in 1631 the tower became the principal door to the city as the fortifications around the city were completed.
In 1697 the tower was partially destroyed by the baron of Pointis, and then repaired in 1704, and it was also given a baroque facade and four tuscan arches.
The tower was built with a weapons room and a chapel inside, but these were replaced with a United States pendulum clock in 1874, and 63 years later was updated with a Swiss clock, which still exists today.
In 1888 the restoration was completed at the expense of architect Luis Philip Jaspe Franco, who gave the tower a gothic style with eight sides to show four faces of the clock.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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