The Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is a castle/fortress located in
Cartagena, Columbia. Its named in the honour of Philip IV, king of Spain.
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas History
One of the finest examples of Spanish military engineering in the New World,
the San Felipe de Barajas Castle was built and rebuilt over a 200-year period, beginning
shortly after the founding of Cartagena in 1533.
The first building phase was carried out just 3 years after Cartagena’s
foundation in 1536. It was then significantly extended 121 years later in 1657. Castillo San
Felipe de Barajas underwent a third major extension and restoration in 1763.
During its colorful history, the castle defended Cartagena against numerous
pirates attempting to seize some of the New World treasures destined for Spain.
In 1697 it fell on an attack by the French. In 1741 when the British army
attacked Cartagena, San Felipe de Barajas was defended by the famous Spanish admiral Blas de
The features of the castle include vantage points for artillery, underground
galleries, and gunpowder warehouses. The castle also contains numerous tunnels that were used
to distribute provisions and evacuate the inmates.
Along with the historic Cartagena, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle is a
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visitors can enjoy a panoramic vista of the city from the high ramparts of
the castle. The entrance fee to the castle is $5, students and children have 50% off.
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Map&Location
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Address: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas,
Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:
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