The Legend


In romantic and legendary Cartagena, Sofitel revived the Convent of the Poor Clares whose story dates back to 1621. Travel back in time in this imposing colonial building and discover the secrets of a hotel where every detail has its own story to tell.
This historic landmark still maintains different historical elements such as crypts, wells, confessionals, paintings, doors, hidden windows and ceramic objects. Transformed into an upscale hotel in 1995, its path toward excellence has seen it considered one of the elite amongst the best hotels in the world.
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    Swimming Pool

    Very close to the kitchen was the Convent’s orchard, a space where the nuns had to grow food for daily consumption. It is said that among their crops they maintained banana plantations, beach grapes and sea grapes. Today,...

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    Colonial Area

    On the third floor of the Colonial Area were located the cells of the nuns and the infirmary. These were simple rooms with very high ceilings and discreet windows. Nowadays, you can encounter our beautiful Colonial Suites...

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    Colonial Garden

    In the Convent's central courtyard, surrounded by round arches was located a very significant place for the Poor Clares: the well, which served for water storage and as a soul purification symbol. Today, the well is still...

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    Great Santa Clara Hall

    In the chapel's colonial hall, embedded in the walls, were located the confessional booths, through which the penitent nuns communicated with the priest. In the Convent's chapel, current Great Santa Clara Hall, you can still...

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    Republican Area

    On the right-hand side of the orchard (current swimming pool) were located the rooms and school of the novices. On the left-hand side, were located the nun’s servants rooms. Presently, the classic, superior and luxury rooms...

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    Hall Gabriel García Márquez

    Our history is linked to the work of the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. We pay special tribute to the famous author by displaying passages of his works such as "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967) and...

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    The Crypt

    In 1949, Gabriel García Márquez was sent as a reporter to cover the story of a crypt found during one of the excavations made in the former convent. It inspired him to write the book “Of Love and other demons” (1994)...

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