Architect Alberto SamudioCarefully restoring the city for decades
Alberto Samudio, has been involved in the restoration of
Cartagena's most important landmarks including the Claustro Santo
Domingo and the Teatro Adolfo Mejia as
well as creating some stunning colonial palaces for the upper
echelons of Colombian society.
In his seventh decade in the city he shows no signs of tiring of
the place and is now re-shaping public spaces in the old town with
his plans for upgrades at Plaza de la Aduana, Parque Centenario,
Plazuela Olimpica, Plazuela del Telecom, Parque de la Marina and
Peluqueria Ralph | Ralph's Barber Shop
"When the stress gets too much I go to Peluqueria Ralph for a trim. The barbers there – make sure you call them barbers because they do NOT like being called hairdressers – know everything going on in town."
Ralph no longer cuts hair at the traditional barbers but Samudio
visits the guy who has his chair to the left as you walk in. It is
one of the few places left in the city that still offers shaves by
Teatro Adolfo Mejia
"Of all the projects I have worked on the one that gave me most satisfaction was the Teatro Adolfo Mejia probably because it was the most difficult."
Restoration of the former Church of the Merced took place in
1988. Originally a church it was converted into a theatre in 1911
to celebrate the first centenary of independence by the late 1980s
it had fallen into disrepair and Samudio was entrusted with the job
of resurrecting the building's importance.
"It was a very complicated project because it required
restoration of so many different materials from the mural on the
roof to the gold-plated decorations and the marble staircase and
even the stone aspects left over from when it was a church."
Club de Pesca
"For dinner I really like Club de Pesca. My favourite dish is the Festival de Marisco (Seafood Festival). It's an amazing spot and the food is excellent."
Its easy to see why the historian is so fond of one of the top
restaurants in the city. Founded in 1956 the restaurant is housed
in the ramparts of a fort built in 1743 to repel English pirates.
The ramparts were recently lovingly restored under his watchful