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Cartagena’s Many Beautiful, Glorious Doors

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It is impossible to visit Cartagena without noticing its beautiful doors and colorful buildings. These days, it’s hard to miss them, even if they’re not in your itinerary. Cartagena’s doors are a popular Instagram photo.

Even though I’m not a fan, even I couldn’t resist its appeal.

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This colorful wall array in this Colombian coastal city reminded of its cousin, Trinidad, Cuba. Its doors and its dramatic, dramatic door knockers are Cartagena.

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An overview of Cartagena’s doors

There is fascinating and tragic history behind the facades.

In the beginning, door knockers (or aldabas) were used to indicate the social status or professional affiliation of the household.

A lion signified they were military personnel, while a fish indicated they were ocean-related traders. A hand tied to the religious class was also a sign of their status, while an iguana meant that they were part of the Spanish royal or nobility.

Many of these knockers are still in use today, but many residents are now more imaginative with modern knockers.

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The fascinating part of this story to me is the doorknockers. The colonial legacy is also preserved in the doors.

You’ll be able to see the mini-me inside many grandiose doors if you pay attention.

Our Free Tour Cartagena guide explained that the large doors were meant for Spaniards to use on their horses and carriages. Because it would have been so incongruous for slaves and servants to cross the same thresholds, the smaller one was meant for them. This is just a small piece of history that you should keep in mind while enjoying the Old Town of Cartagena.

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How to get the best photos of Cartagena’s Doors

If you are going to Cartagena, chances are you will take at least one photograph of a beautiful entrance or of the building in front.

These are some tips and tricks to help you enjoy this beautiful city and its many unique portals.

  • Take a stroll through the streets and take in the beautiful facades. You don’t have to follow any one’s “best Cartagena door” list. It’s not only colorful doors that are beautiful. Beautiful windows and awnings can be found everywhere.cartagena windows
  • Be polite. These homes are home to people. Respect the wishes of the residents if they ask. Don’t be rude to anyone who comes in front of your door. Allow your fellow tourists to take photos.
  • Get up earlier. Cartagena’s heat is scorching hot at 89 degrees F. It feels hotter than 105 at 8 AM. If you aren’t used to this kind of weather, you might want to explore the area early in order to avoid sweatstains on every photo.
  • Pay attention to where the light falls. Lighting can vary depending on your location. Cartagena is almost always sunny. The light can either wash your face out or make it darker. That can be used to take some amazing photos.

Remember, there is wonder and joy even in the most neglected spots.

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