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Jewel in Stunning Historic Mansion at City's Heart

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Travel to another time, live the Magic of an amazing XVIII c. Mansion next to "PLAZA SANTO DOMINGO" the oldest, most beautiful and safest área in the walled city, perfect point to explore all the important sites. Easy contactless check-in. Be seduced by the vintage-modern atmosphere of the Loft, completely restored, marble floors, epoch furniture, original art. Enjoy a drink on your balcony overlooking the Caribbean vibe of the most charming and popular street of the Old City, feel the Magic.

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DESPUES DEL TEXTO EN INGLES ENCUENTRAS EL TEXTO EN ESPAÑOL.

The walled historic XV century center of CARTAGENA is divided into 3 neighborhoods: "El Centro", "San Diego" and "Getsemaní".
"El Centro" is the oldest and where the city was founded, there you will find the most important places to visit: Museums, Restaurants, Boutiques, Cafes, Bars, the most spectacular Architecture, the most beautiful Parks and Squares. The oldest, safest and most prosperous neighborhood in the walled city

The Mansion is in the heart of "EL CENTRO", from your balcony you will be in the front row to see and feel the magic of CARTAGENA and its people, the street is full of life.

The apartment has soundproof windows and doors.

Staying in an authentic Cartagena Colonial Mansion is a unique experience. You will be transported to another time. Nothing can be compared to feeling and living these magnificent and evocative spaces, the light that filters through the internal courtyard, the monumental walls, the structure in strong tropical woods, the beautiful balconies. Your trip to Cartagena won't be the same if you live this journey to the senses, culture, memory and mystery.

CARTAGENA:
The Mansion is at the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, named world Heritage by UNESCO, Cartagena is a unique Caribbean mix of indegenous, African and Spanish cultures.

Cartagena de Indias was founded in 1.533. At the end of the 16th (XVI) century the irregular layout that the city presents today was already visible. In the 17th (XVII) century the houses already have the features that identify them: balconies, patios, doorways, with wood,
and masonry construction techniques.

THE LOFT:
As soon as you walk through the stone portal's Mansion time slows, the air gets fresher, and the filtered light of the monumental spaces transport you.

The loft takes advantage of the colonial architecture of the house creating a calm and unique atmosphere, the beautiful white marble floor reflects the light, the handcrafted texture of the walls creates softness, the ceiling with strong wooden beams, the wooden balcony to beautiful Santo Domingo street, the tribune towards the Zaguan, the grille window towards the Patio.

The kitchen area is next to the rest of the spaces and has a large window to the hall and the patio. The shower and toilet are separated from the vanity for greater comfort. The living area is next to the balcony with a delicious hammock hand-spun in 100% cotton by artisans from the region. The furniture is artisanal custom made from oak wood. The wardrobe is a Deco style antique with mirror and internal light. The dining room chairs are original "Thonet" from a local antique shop . All the linens are 100% cotton. The cushions are made of artisanal cotton fabric from local handlooms, the painting is by the Caribbean artist Flavia Rosales and is a tribute to her sea, the tapestry is hand-woven by the Zenu indigenous ethnic group made in "cañaflecha" a palm endemic to the region. The kitchen and bathroom faucets are artisanal in cast bronze.

THE MANSION:
The Mansion Santo Domingo have its origins in the seventeenth (XVII) century, the architecture of the Mansion is classified as "Casa Alta" or first importance house, and it is part of the jewels of the city, they are 2-storey houses with “Entrepiso” and belonged to the wealthiest families. Residential architecture in Cartagena comes from the tradition of European Mediterranean dwellings and the inner courtyard comes from the Islamic culture, both were adapted to the climate, the landscape and the materials of the Tropics.

The ground floor at street level was used for commercial premises, the upper floor for lounges and rooms. On the façade of the houses of first importance we find "La Portada" it is the framework that highlights the access, designed in classical "Toscano" style and made of beautiful coral stone.

"El Porton" the gate, derived from Andalusian residential architecture made with planks over a structure of strong tropical wood.

"El Balcon” the balcony, are said to come from the Romans and from the Moors who came to Spain, they are typical Spanish popular architecture and are the ones that together make the streets of Cartagena unique with their rhythms, vegetation and contrasts.

"El Zaguan" is the entrance space to the house and represents its importance, in this house it is double height with a "Tribune" or small interior balcony.

El Zaguan communicates with "El Vestibulo" which connects the ground floor with the upper floor and the inner courtyard with the house, it is a monumental distribution space that represents the excellence of the house.

"La Arcada" the arcade, is a transitional space that prolongs the inner courtyard, it were also used in cloisters and convents in Cartagena, they have a clear antecedent in the cultured and popular architecture of Spain in both form and use, it is the access to the patio and almost always contains a wooden "Reja", grating, that lets the breeze and light from the patio pass inside the house.

"El Patio" is the heart of the house, an evocative space with shade and vegetation, open to the sky and rain. The walls of the house are between 2 and up to 4 feet thick, made of coral stone, lime mortar and handmade clay brick, they keep the interior of the house fresh.

The Roofs are "Flat" or "Inclined", made with a wooden structure of beams and boards, mortar and clay tiles.
The floors are made of clay or marble planks over a structure of sturdy wooden beams and mortar.

Windows are of a single type: "Ventana de Reja” grating windows, they have a wooden frame separated from the wall with a wooden baluster grille. The balusters were also used on balconies as part of the railings, they are an adaptation of the ones used in Spain and other Mediterranean countries, first in religious and aristocratic architecture, made in marble or stone. The wooden balusters of Cartagena's architecture are an adaptation of those.

THE BEACHES AND THE ISLANDS:
The walled city is surrounded by the most preserved fortification of the Colony in the Caribbean and is only a 5 minute walk away.

You can go up the wall and in front you'll get the Caribbean Sea. From there you can walk over the wall contemplating the sea and the old city from above and 15 minutes away you'll arrive at the quiet beaches of Miramar. By car the journey would be 10 minutes.

We recommend excursions to the Rosario Islands, a group of islands with crystal clear waters just 50 minutes away, with boats leaving every day. There are many options for couples and families with children, the aquarium is wonderful because the fish are in the sea on a small island.
The tourist pier for boat trips is only a 10 minute walk from the Mansion.

Thanks a lot!
Francisco.

TEXT IN SPANISH:

Cartagena's walled Historic Center is divided into 3 areas: "El Centro", "San Diego" and "Getsemani". "El Centro" is the oldest area and where the city was founded, there you will find the most important places to visit: museums, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars, the most spectacular architecture, the most beautiful parks and squares. It is the oldest, safest and most affluent neighborhood in the walled city.

The Mansion is in the heart of "El Centro", from the balcony of your apartment you will be in the front row to see and feel the magic of the Caribbean and its people.

The apartment has soundproof doors and windows.

Staying at an authentic Colonial Cartagenera Mansion is a unique experience. You will be transported to another time. Nothing compares to feel and experience these magnificent and evocative spaces, the light that filters through the inner courtyard, the monumental walls, the structure in strong tropical woods, the beautiful balconies. Your trip to Cartagena will not be the same if you live this trip to the senses, culture, memory and mystery.

CARTAGENA:
The Mansion is in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena is a unique Caribbean mix of indigenous, African and Spanish cultures.

Cartagena de Indias was founded in 1,533. By the end of the 16th century, the city's irregular layout was already visible. In the 17th century (17th), the houses already have the characteristics that identify them: balconies, patios, portals, with wood and construction techniques.

The LOFT:
As soon as you walk through the Mansion's stone gate, time gets slower, the air gets cooler, and the filtered light in the monumental spaces transports you.

The Loft takes advantage of the house's colonial architecture creating a quiet and unique atmosphere, the beautiful white marble floor reflects the light, the handcrafted texture of the walls creates softness, the ceiling with strong wooden beams, the wooden balcony to the beautiful and historic Calle Santo Domingo, the tribuna towards the Zaguán, the window trellised towards the Patio.

The kitchen area is located next to the rest of the spaces and has a large window to the lobby and patio. Shower and toilet are separated from the sink for convenience. Next to the balcony is the living area with a delicious hammock handmade 100% cotton by local artisans. The furniture is handcrafted, tailored to oak wood. The closet is old Art-Deco style with mirror and interior light. The dining chairs are original “Thonet” from a local antique shop. All linens and towels are 100% cotton. The cushions are made of local weaving cotton fabric, the painting is by the Caribbean artist Flavia Rosales and is an homage to her sea, the tapestries are handmade by Zenu indigenous ethnicity made in Canaflecha, an endemic palm of the region. The kitchen and bathroom faucets are handcrafted in cast bronze.

LA MANSION:
La Mansion Santo Domingo has its origins in the 17th century (17th), the architecture of the Mansion is listed as "Casa Alta" or first important house, and is part of the jewels of the city, they are 2-story houses with "Interaping" and belonged to the most thriving families. The residential architecture in Cartagena comes from the tradition of European Mediterranean homes and the inner courtyard comes from Islamic culture, both were adapted to the climate, landscape and materials of the Tropico.

The ground floor at the foot of the street was intended for commercial venues, the upper floor to lounges and rooms. In the facade of the main houses we find "La Cover" is the structure that highlights the access, designed in the classic "Tuscan" style and made in beautiful coral stone.

The "El Gateon", derived from the Andalusian residential architecture made with planks on a sturdy tropical wooden structure.

"El Balcony" is said to come from the Romans and Moors who arrived in Spain, they are typical Spanish popular architecture and are the ones that together make the streets of Cartagena unique with its rhythms, vegetation and contrasts.

"El Zaguan" is the entrance space to the house and represents its importance, in this house it is double height with a "Tribuna" or small interior balcony.

El Zaguán connects with "El Lobby" that connects the ground floor to the upper floor and the inner courtyard with the house, it is a monumental distribution space that represents the excellence of the house.

"La Arcada" is a transition space that extends the inner courtyard, it was also used in cloisters and convents of Cartagena, they have a clear precedent in the educated and popular architecture of Spain both in form and in use, it is the access to the courtyard and almost always contains a wooden gate, which lets in the breeze and light of the courtyard inside the house.

"El Patio" is the heart of the house, an evocative space with shade and vegetation, open to the sky and rain.

The walls of the house are between 2 and up to 4 feet thick, made of coral stone, lime mortar and handmade mud bricks, keep the interior of the house cool.

The Covers are "Planas" or "Inclined", made with beamed wooden structure and boards, mortar and mud tile.
The floors are made of clay or marble planks on top of a solid wooden and mortar beam structure.

The windows are of a single type: "Gate Window", they have a wooden frame with a wooden balustrade fence. The balustrades were also used on balconies as railings, they are an adjustment of those used in Spain and other Mediterranean countries, first in the religious and aristocratic architecture, made of marble or stone, the wooden balustrades of the Cartagena architecture are an adapted for those.

THE BEACHES AND ISLANDS:
The walled city is surrounded by the most preserved fortress of the Colony in the Caribbean and is just a 5-minute walk from the Mansion.

You can climb the wall and in front you'll have the Caribbean Sea. From there you can walk the wall overlooking the sea and the old city from the top, and in 15 minutes you will reach the quiet beaches of Miramar. By car the journey would be 10 minutes.

We recommend the excursions to the Rosario Islands, a set of crystal clear islands just 50 minutes away, with boat departures every day. There are many options for couples and families with children, the aquarium is wonderful because the fish are in the sea on a small island.
The tourist pier for the boats is just a 10-minute walk from the Mansion.

Thank you so much!
Francisco

Where you'll sleep

Living area
2 single beds, 1 hammock
Bedroom area
1 double bed

What this place offers

Public or shared beach access
Kitchen
Wifi
32" HDTV with Netflix
Air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Security cameras on property
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

Where you’ll be

Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

DESPUES DEL TEXTO EN INGLÉS ESTA EL TEXTO EN ESPAÑOL.

The Mansion is literally in the heart of the walled city, a few steps from "PLAZA SANTO DOMINGO" the oldest and where Cartagena was founded, with also the oldest and most beautiful Convent and Church in the city. The street is full of life and Caribbean magic. The apartment has soundproof windows and doors.

The amazing Cathedral is around the corner, Bolivar Park full of trees and shade, The Gold Museum, The Bolivar Cultural Center, The Spanish Cultural Center, San Pedro Square, Santa Teresa Square, The Naval Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The wall that surrounds the entire city, The spectacular Adolfo Mejia Theater, The Abaco Bookstore, The NH Art Gallery, The Cafe del Mar on top of the wall overlooking the Sea, The San Francisco Bastion, The San Diego Neighborhood, The Getsemani Neighborhood. The best Restaurants, Cafés, Gelaterias, Bars, Terraces overlooking the Caribbean Sea, amazing Pools, exclusive Spas, EVERYTHING a few blocks walking.

From its foundation in the 16th century (XVI) and throughout the Spanish "Virreinato" period, Cartagena de Indias was one of the most important ports in Spanish America. It was heavily walled and fortified until it became the most robust fortress in South America and the Caribbean with it's extraordinary military architecture. Over time, Cartagena has developed, conserving its Historic Center and becoming one of the most important ports in the Caribbean and the World.

"La Ciudad Amurallada" was declared by UNESCO "World Heritage Site, Port, Fortress and Monumental Complex of Cartagena de Indias" in 1984.
On the corner of the Mansion it is the famous "Plaza Santo Domingo", the oldest in the city, overlooks the magnificent Church and the convent that give the square its name. The square is alive all day, restaurants, cafes, bars. At the cloister there is the wonderful

"Center of art and culture from the Spanish cooperation" with year-round programming: music, art exhibitions, conferences, cinema, etc.

One more block, in the corner in front of the Coralina stone walls that surround the city you will arrive at the "NH Art Gallery", with the best artists from Colombia and the World.

Opposite is "Cafe Libro" a pleasant outdoor terrace right besides the wall. Climbing the wall you will find unique "Cafe del Mar" where you can see the most gorgeous sunsets.

From there you can walk the fortified walls in all its extension besides the sea, enjoying the salty breeze and looking at the old city from above.

Just one block from the house but in the other direction is the Magnificent "Cathedral of Cartagena", with its illuminated tower and awesome interior.

In front the "Palacio y la Plaza de la Proclamación", formerly government offices, now a cultural center with exhibitions, conferences and music concerts.

Right next to it the "Museo del Oro Zenu", there you can admire an ancient culture with more than 15,000 years of history, Gold pieces, goldsmithing, ceramics, textiles.

Right in front it is the beautiful "Parque de Bolivar", with its centennial trees and its water fountains, a perfect resting and meeting place.

On the other side of the park is "El Palacio de la Inquisición", a museum with traveling exhibitions, cultural events, and a dark and gloomy past.

Around the corner the beautiful building from "Biblioteca Publica Bartolome Calvo".

Going down the street of Santa Teresa you get to the square with the same name, there is a restaurant and open-air cafe besides Charleston hotel.

Climbing the wall is the "Baluarte de San Rafael", with a restaurant and live music with ocean and city views.

In front is the imposing building of the "Museo Naval", with exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Going down the street of San Juan de Dios, you arrive at the "Plaza de San Pedro Claver", with the church and the beautiful cloister that give it its name, there you will find cafes, and restaurants.

In front is "El Museo de Arte Moderno" with a permanent collection of the most representative artists of the Caribbean.

Next to the Museum is "La Alcaldia" and the "Plaza de la Aduana" with its curious triangular shape.

This plaza adjoins the "Plaza de los Coches" which is the most important entrance to the city through the "Puerta del Reloj".

From there you can go out from el centro to "Muelle de los Pegasos" in front of the bay, the "Paseo de los Mártires", "El Parque Centenario" and explore the wonderful popular neighborhood of "Getsemani" full of color and Bohemian life.

If you decide to walk inside the center, keep on and you will find the cloister of "San Agustin" where the Universidad De Cartagena established.

Around the corner "La Merced" cloister, a cultural and art exhibition center, in the next block "Teatro Municipal Adolfo Mejia" with its amazing wood-carved interior and all year round performances.

You can also walk and explore the popular "San Diego" neighborhood with "Parque Fernandez Madrid" and "Parque San Diego" in front of the beautiful "Claustro de Santa Clara".

TEXT IN SPANISH.

The Mansion is literally located in the heart of the walled city, a few steps from the "PLAZA SANTO DOMINGO" the oldest and where Cartagena was founded, also with the oldest and most beautiful convent and church in the city. The street is full of life and Caribbean magic. The apartment has soundproof doors and windows.

The impressive Cathedral is just around the corner, the Bolivar Park full of trees and shade, The Gold Museum, the Bolivar Cultural Center, the Spanish Cultural Center, La Plaza San Pedro, La Plaza Santa Teresa, the Naval Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Wall that surrounds the entire city, The Spectacular Adolfo Mejía Theater, The Albaco Bookstore, The NH Art Gallery, El Café del Mar at the top of the wall overlooking the Sea, El Baluarte de San Francisco, El Barrio San Diego, El Barrio Getsemaní. The best restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, bars, terraces overlooking the Caribbean Sea, incredible pools, exclusive spas, ALL within walking distance.

Since its founding in the 16th century and throughout the period of the Spanish Virreinato, Cartagena de Indias was one of the most important ports in Hispanic America. It was heavily walled and fortified until it became the most sturdy fortress in South America and the Caribbean with its remarkable military architecture. Over time, Cartagena has developed, preserving its Historic Center and becoming one of the most important ports in the Caribbean and the World.

"The Walled City" was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Port, Fortaleza and Monumental Condominium of Cartagena de Indias "in 1984.
On the corner of the Villa is the famous "Plaza Santo Domingo", the oldest in the city, dominates the magnificent Church and the convent that give name to the square. The plaza is alive all day, restaurants, cafes, bars. In the cloister is the wonderful "Center for Art and Culture of Spanish cooperation" with programming throughout the year: music, art exhibitions, conferences, film, etc.

One more block, on the corner in front of the Coralina stone walls that surround the city you will reach the "NH Art Gallery", with the best artists in Colombia and the World.

Opposite is "Café Book", a nice outdoor terrace right next to the wall. Up the wall you will find the exclusive "Café del Mar" where you can see the most beautiful sunsets.

From there you can walk along the walls in its entirety, enjoying the salty breeze and gazing at the old city from the top and the Caribbean Sea.

Just one block from the house but in the other direction is the magnificent "Catedral de Cartagena", with its illuminated tower and imposing interior.

Opposite the "Palace and Plaza de la Proclamación", former government offices, now a cultural center with exhibitions, conferences and music concerts.

Right next to the "Zenu Gold Museum", there you can admire a thousand-year culture with more than 15,000 years of history, golden pieces, jewelry, ceramics, textiles.

Just in front is the beautiful "Parque de Bolívar", with its centenary trees and water fountains, a perfect place to rest and meet.

Across the park is "The Palace of the Inquisition", a museum with traveling exhibitions, cultural events and a dark and dreary past.

Around the corner is the beautiful building of the "Bartolome Calvo Public Library".

Down the street from Santa Teresa you reach the square of the same name, there is an outdoor restaurant and cafe in addition to the Charleston hotel.

Up the wall is the "Baluarte de San Rafael", with a restaurant and live music overlooking the ocean and the city.

Opposite is the imposing building of the "Naval Museum", with exhibitions and events all year round.

Going down the street of San Juan de Dios, you arrive at the "Plaza de San Pedro Claver", with the church and the beautiful cloister that give it its name, there you will find cafes and restaurants.

In front is "The Museum of Modern Art" with a permanent collection of the most representative artists of the Caribbean.

Next to the Museum is "La Alcaldia" and "Plaza de la Aduana" with its curious triangular shape.

This square borders the "Plaza de los Carches" which is the most important entrance to the city through the "Clock Gate".

From there you can leave from the center to the Pegasos Pier in front of the bay, the Paseo de los Mártires, the Centennial Park and tour the wonderful popular neighborhood of Getsemani full of color and bohemian life.

If you decide to walk inside the center, continue and you will find the cloister of "San Agustín" where the University of Cartagena was established.

Around the corner is the cloister "La Merced", a cultural and art exhibition center, on the next block "Teatro Municipal Adolfo Mejía" with its incredible interior carved in wood and performances all year round.

You can also walk and explore the popular neighborhood "San Diego" with "Parque Fernandez Madrid" and "Parque San Diego" in front of the beautiful "Claustro de Santa Clara".

7 nights in Cartagena

Mar 31, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023

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Hola! soy un Arquitecto Artista me encanta el Arte y la Naturaleza, espero puedan disfrutar muy pronto de los espacios que he diseñado, abrazos!

Hi! I'm an Artist and an Architect, I Love Nature and Arts, I hope you can soon enjoy the places I've designed, all the best!
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