One of Cartagena's most exciting cultural spaces, Casa Museo La Presentacion, is like one of local artist, Diana Herrera's blank canvases, filled with opportunities and infinite, creative horizons.
Address: Centro, Calle Estanco del Aguardiente 5-63, Cartagena
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The expansive space opened in January 2014 to house the international quotient of Cartagena's first Contemporary Art Biennial. Since the Biennial closed its doors in April, the gallery has hosted shows by local artists and up-and-coming artists from Cali and Medellin.
The gallery space and theatre is the corner stone of an ambitious project to convert a former school into a world-class cultural centre to host artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers being nurtured at the adjacent university as well as artists of international renown.
Four of the school's former classrooms host a varied selection of paintings - old and new - all-year-round, while an old theatre is used for recitals and contemporary dance performances.
The space is also home to one of the city's most impressive antique stores and a plethora of eclectic cultural activities that range from a regular farmer's market to Oktoberfest.
Cultured couples can often be found tying the knot in the upstairs chapel and cutting a rug in the adjacent to the chapel on the second floor, La Presentación boasts its own hotel, El Claustro, and draws visitors with a cultural bent for regular, seven-day photographic and painting workshops organised to showcase local and international talent.
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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