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San Pedro Claver Cathedral

Listed under Cathedrals in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Pedro Claver was the first South American Saint – a Jesuit, he fought for the rights of slaves, working in the slave markets in Cartegena. Pedro went to meet the thin and bedraggled slaves as they arrived at the docks - they spoke such a wide range of languages that communication was always an issue - but he greeted them with a retinue of interpreters and blankets and fruit. He then tended to them in their dungeons where they grew sick and died, working endless hours to help them and baptise them to the Jesuit faith. His own death was pretty awful – he had some kind of degenerative disease which meant he gradually lost his fount of energy and became bedridden and unable to speak. He died in September 1654 and was canonised in 1888.

His church isn’t just a church it’s also a museum. It welcomes people in to sit in the shade of the cloister court yard, where Saint Pedro batpised thousands of slaves, or into the art lined halls of the museum commemorating his life and times to learn about the history of the human rights movement. Pedro’s remains are kept in a glass coffin in the high altar where they’re attended to by followers who visit from all over the world.

You can pay your respects and tour the museum on your own or go with a professional guide.

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