Standing on the quiet plaza of the same name, the imposing Convento de San Pedro Claver was founded by Jesuits in 1603, and is where Spanish-born priest Pedro Claver lived and died, in 1654. Called the “slave of the slaves” for his lifelong ministering to the city’s slaves, aghast at the conditions in which they lived, the ascetic monk was canonized two centuries after his death. His skull and bones are guarded in a glass coffin at the altar of the adjacent church. The convent itself is a grand three-storey building surrounding a large courtyard bursting with greenery; besides exhibits of religious art and pre-Colombian ceramics, there’s a superb display on the top floor featuring colourful, contemporary Haitian art and intricate African wooden masks and carvings.

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