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Cathedral of San Pedro Claver

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Cartagena’s Catedral de San Pedro Claver, so close to the sea wall, seems unduly imposing for such a sanctified site. Begun in 1575, when this was a very rough neighborhood, its unfinished fortifications were destroyed in 1586 during a tiff with Sir Francis Drake and his pirate crew, and rebuilt by 1602.

Its namesake, San Pedro Claver Corberó, did not arrive until 1610. The Spanish-born priest arrived in Cartagena, then a slave-trading hub, as a novice priest. Horrified by the treatment of African captives, sold to a motley crew of middlemen on what’s now Plaza de los Coches, the young man became an activist, writing in his diary, “Pedro Claver, slave of the slaves forever (3 April 1622).”

Pedro would not only baptize newly enslaved arrivals right in the cathedral’s courtyard well (which was already controversial), but he would then explain to the newly saved that they deserved all the rights held by other Christian citizens of the Spanish Empire.

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Cartagena City Tour: Historia, kultur och UNESCOs världsarvsliv

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Ringer alla historia buffs! Ta del i en historisk rundtur i Cartagena för en kort översikt över stadens mest kända historiska ...  Mer information

  • Plats: Cartagena, Colombia
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  • Språk: Engelska
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Cartagena Old Town Architecture Walking Tour

Upptäck Cartagenas rika historia och vackra koloniala arkitektur på en guidad vandring i stadens traditionella gamla centrum. Lär dig om ...  Mer information

  • Plats: Cartagena, Colombia
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