Tourism and Image of Cartagena (Colombia). The view from this 17th-century fortress contrasts the old city with the modern. The fortress San Felipe de Barajas in Colombia sits on a peninsula that overlooks modern-day Cartagena. The city is spread out on the island of Manga Manzanillo.
The city of Cartagena, which dates from the 16th century, is a popular destination for tourists who visit Colombia. The old city, in which the cathedral stands, was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1984. Construction of the cathedral began in 1586.