This post is part 6 of 8 in the series Cartagena, Colombia City Travel Guide

We’ve traveled to more than our share of world-class preserved colonial cities, including Antigua, Guatemala and the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City. Both are gorgeous, but both are handily outdone by the beauty and ambiance of the restored colonial architecture in the petite, walkable, historic center of Cartagena, Colombia. Everywhere you look in this UNESCO World Heritage site city, which was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, you see fabulous color, playful details (the door knockers are amazing), and living history. Here are some of our favorite examples of colorful colonial buildings in Cartagena.

Colonial buildings in Cartagena, Colombia

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia.

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