Back to El Caminito

El Caminito in Buenos Aires, Argentina, once an eyesore of the city and now a Street museum that has inspired the famous tango music of the same name.

Caminito 1891

St. Peter Claver

In the 16th century, slaves were arriving by the shipload in Cartagena, Colombia.  Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest, spent 40 years of his life ministering to the victims of human trafficking.  This church served as his base and where he was buried.

Church of San Pedro Claver


During the time of colonization, the Spaniards built cities and towns after the pattern of their own home cities.  It is also quite revealing of the close partnership between church and state in the way their institutional buildings are situated – usually fronting each other, around a square (plaza).