The Castillo Grande Lighthouse, built in 1973. is located at the end of a peninsula sheltering the inner harbor of Cartagena and marking the beginning approach for vessels to berth. The unpainted tower made of concrete block has an observation deck appearing to be off center with a white lantern. The light is active, flashing white every seven seconds, with a focal plane of 79-feet. The lighthouse is located in an upscale neighborhood, further away from tall buildings in the background, as one might imagine.
While approaching the Port in Cartagena, a Catholic statue of the Virgin of Carmen is said to help protect sailors traveling the ocean. Colombia is among several countries in South America with Catholicism being the predominate faith.