Essential Cartagena. Old City and Walls Tour

Essential Cartagena. Old City and Walls Tour, Cartagena, Colombia (B)

The statue of La India Catalina is one of the top landmarks In Cartagenade Indias. It is a representation of a very important aborigine woman in the history of this city.

The statue was created and sculpted in 1961 by the city artist Hector Lombana, who designed it as a handheld trophy, requested by the organizers to be the prize award for the International Movie festival of Cartagena.

In 1974, it was casted in bronze by Eladio Gil, and that is the feminine figure you can now see over the pedestal.

The winners of the now movie and television festival keep on being awarded with the small version as the prize for every category. As an analogy, it can be said that the India Catalina is like the Oscar for the Colombian audiovisual industry.

The real India Catalina was an aborigine from this area that was abducted as a child girl by the Spaniards. Then she was taken to Santo Domingo in the actual Dominican Republic, where she was raised in the European culture.

There she learned the Spanish language, the Catholicism and grew up into a young lady. When the conquistador Pedro de Heredia, was sent on a mission to explore the surroundings of this area, he brought with the expedition the beautiful Catalina to act as an interpreter with the aborigines of the zone. She knew the tribes, both languages and was of great help for the expeditionary force as she also knew the territory. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Essential Cartagena. Old City and Walls Tour
Guide Location: Colombia » Cartagena
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Nestor Melendez Soler
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • India Catalina
  • Baluarte de San Pedro Martir
  • La Tenaza
  • Las Bovedas
  • Hotel Santa Clara
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Residence
  • Teatro Adolfo Mejia
  • Plaza de Santo Domingo
  • Church of Santo Domingo

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