Cartagena’s magnificent Cathedral exerts an uplifting spiritual presence. Built in 1575, it was destroyed by irksome English pirate Francis Drake, who unleashed his canons upon the city in 1586. Rebuilt as a classic citadel structure, the cathedral’s second iteration was completed in 1612. The first archbishop of Cartagena left his imprint in the early 20th century when he embellished the facade with stucco and placed a large dome atop the tower. The church’s original exterior limestone form still prevails, along with the original baroque 18th-century gilded altar and retable, and a lavish Carrera marble pulpit.