The Gannet Monument is the sculpture that honors these animals in the city. Photo: VivaCartagena
The Gannet Monument is a sculpture that honors these animals in the city. Photo: VivaCartagena

Why is the gannet the bird of Cartagena?

The gannet is one of the most common birds found in Cartagena, which is why it has been made into a poem and has its own sculpture.


Worst countries to retire in

September 21st, 2022

Gabo Festival in Bogota

September 20th, 2022

Burnout Congress in the DR

September 16th, 2022

Cartagena's Best Bartender

September 14th, 2022

Visit Santa Marta

September 9th, 2022


September 6th, 2022

Coolest streets in the world

September 2nd, 2022

World Travel Awards 2022

September 1st, 2022


In the vicinity of the Historic Center of Cartagena de Indias is a monument to the Gannets of Cartagena, a sculpture made by Eladio Gil Zambrana and installed in 1974, is in honor of Daniel Lemaitre Tono on behalf of the civic movement Facts and Not Words.

The Gannets were chosen as the representative figure of the monument due to the poem "El Alcatraz" (the gannet) by Daniel Lemaitre, which was inspired by these representative birds of the city that can be found near the coasts.

Lemaitre's poem is written on a plaque located on one of the sides of the pedestal of this work of art located on Santander Avenue, which receives hundreds of tourists who come to the city and receive a first impression of the Caribbean Sea with the gannets submerging in its waters. 

The work of art 

Master Eladio's monument represents a group of gannets flying in flocks, intertwining with each other. Some of them are with their beaks raised to the sky and their wings extended, while others have their beaks forward and their wings backward.

The work rests on a tall rectangular pedestal leaning to one side in coral stone.

On one of its faces there is a plaque with the following inscription: "Gannets monument.. Homage of the civic movement Facts and Not Words to Daniel Lemaitre. Sculptor: Eladio Gil Zambrano".

Eladio Gil Zambrano is remembered by the city as a foreigner living in the country, to whom the city of Cartagena owes the fact that he participated in the formation of artists of the new generations that today represent the plastic arts of the city.

Daniel Lemaitre's poem

The Alcatraz

The Gannet

Arrives when the winter fogs the day

and, herald of the sturdy tribune,

it beats through the stillness of the inlet

the gray oar of its melancholy...

Suddenly he cuts his flight; it would seem

that he has been wounded by death in passing,

and falls like an abandoned thing

and breaks the blue glass of the bay.

Certainly, as it swallows, from its enormous beak

a reflection of polished metal:

it's the tragic end of a fish that albeys!

Then, old philosopher in agreement,

as if nothing had happened,

he lets himself be swung by the tide...


  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • to comment.
𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 $𝟗𝟎 𝐭𝐨 $4𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞. 𝐈 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝟑 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 $𝟏𝟎𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬 . 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞…

Open The Link———–>>> 𝘄𝘄𝘄.𝗡𝗲𝘁𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝟭.𝗖𝗼𝗺

  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • to comment.
00:00 / 00:00
Ads destiny link