Cartagena is a port city and municipality in the northwest of Colombia. The city is named after the Spanish city of Cartagena and is also called Cartagena de Indias. It is the capital of the department of Bolívar and has a population of 1,075,000 people.
One finds in the old city many colonial buildings, including the Palace of the Inquisition, a cathedral, the Santa Clara Convention and a Jesuit school. Peter Claver, patron saint of the slaves, worked in and out of the school. The city center has been on the World Heritage List since 1980.
Around the city are a number of defensive works, including the castle of San Felipe de Barajas, built between 1536 and 1657; the city walls around the Old City (las Murallas); and the forts of San José and San Fernando, built between 1751 and 1759 near Bocachica.
Outside the city walls you can find the statue of India Catalina, a local Indian hero. In the south lies the modern district, on the peninsula of Bocagrande.