Cartagena is an interesting mix of the modern and the colonial. The city was build over a precontact native village by the Spanish. It became extremely rich on the gold snatched from locals in this region and from Peruvian silver. Pirates attacked the city numerous times, and Francis Drake managed to haul away about 200 million in today's dollars. The lovely colonial part of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site and beautifully preserved. San Pedro Claver church still retains the ghoulish bones of its founder under the apse. Highrises make up the modern part of the city but many remain unfinished and lack the beauty of the old architecture.
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