Las Bóvedas is a great place to go if you're looking to pick up some Colombian souvenirs, located along the city walls between the Santa Clara and Santa Catalina forts in the San Diego district.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Where else can you buy gifts from an old prison vault! Las Bóvedas’s captivating setting is what makes it so special
  • What You Need To Know

    • Some of shops are not open on Sundays
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sun: 09:00 & 15:00 ?

    Address: Meeting point: Centro, Calle Sargento Mayor, Calle 38, Cra 7, No. 6-107, Of 104, Cartagena, Colombia

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  • THE LOWDOWN

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    But the real drawcard to this spot is it's history. Las Bóvedas means "The Vaults" In Spanish, and was built for military purposes in the late 18th century to store munitions. It was used as a dungeon during the civil wars of the independence era period, and it's said that at high tide, the prisoners would be up to their knees in sea water.

    Las Bóvedas has 47 arches and 23 domes and was constructed by engineer Antonio de Arévalo between 1792 and 1798. The Vaults were the last major colonial structure built within the Old City Walls.

LOCATION & MAP

  • Centro

    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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