From convent to a luxury hotel in Cartagena
Nearly 500 years ago, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara hotel was a convent for nuns in Cartagena.
On Oct. 26, 1949, Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, went to see exhumations at the Santa Clara convent in Cartagena. At the age of 22, the young reporter saw a skull with a 22 meter long copper hair coming out of the crypt and was inspired to write his work Of Love and Other Demons.
Gabo once said that what fascinated him most about Cartagena was the mysterious future of its houses.
"They all seem to have a life of their own, the more so the more dead they seem, and they change shape and utility over time, moving from place to place and from office while their owners pass through life without too much noise," he said.
After half a century with the idea in his head, García Márquez needed a second visit to the Santa Clara to be able to put the final touch on the girl with the immense hair that remained on his mind. In the 1980s, when he began to plan his house in Cartagena, he bought the lot next to the convent.