Cartagena - Magnificent Jewel of the Caribbean

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Ciudad Amurallada (Walled City)

 

Cartagena - Magnificent Jewel of the Caribbean

 

Cartagena

 

Cartagena is a large Caribbean seaport and a popular tourist destination on the north coast of Colombia. Due to its tropical location, Catagena’s climate changes very little, with an average high of 88 °F (31 °C) and low of 75 °F (24 °C) throughout the year.   

 

Cartagena was founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia.

Castillo de San Felipe, 1639-1657
A few years later, the Spanish constructed a walled fortress to protect them from English, Dutch and French pirates. Its old Walled City (Ciudad Amurallada) is one of the few urban places around the world that is still completely surrounded by thick walls.

 

Despite the precautions, the city was attacked and defeated many times. In order to protect the valuable seaport, the Spaniards hired European engineers to construct fortresses.  

 

San Felipe de Barajas castle is the most formidable defensive complex built by Spanish military engineering in the New World. Its interior is a weave of tunnels, galleries and traps, with an intricate system of communications and routes of escape.

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Cartagena es un gran puerto maritimo y un popular destino turístico del caribe localizada en la costa del norte de Colombia. Debido a su posición tropical, el clima varia muy poco, con una temperatura promedio a lo largo del año de 24 °C-31 °C.   

 

Cartagena fue fundada en 1533 por Pedro de Heredia. Unos años más tarde, el Español construyó una fortaleza amurallada para protegerlos de los piratas ingleses, holandeses y franceses. Su vieja Ciudad Amurallada es uno de los pocos sitios urbanos alrededor del mundo que todavía esta completamente rodeada por paredes gruesas.

 

A pesar de las precauciones, la ciudad fue atacada y derrotada muchas veces. A fin de proteger el puerto valioso, los españoles alquilaron ingenieros europeos para construir fortalezas. 

 

El Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas es el más formidable complejo defensivo levantado por la ingeniería militar española en el Nuevo Mundo. Su interior es un tejido de túneles, galerías y trampas, con un intrincado sistema de comunicaciones y de vías de escape.

travelman727 says:
Carlos, I agree - it's one of my favorite places :-)
Posted on: Mar 04, 2011
montecarlostar says:
I love Cartagena, it's a very beautiful caribbean city, the people is the best, and I love all the colors :)
Posted on: Mar 04, 2011
arieta says:
In the Walled City or "Cartagena de Indias" as is also known you can find lots of handicrafts to buy a very good prices. La comida es definitivamente una de las mejores cosas que uno puede encontrar, a parte de sus paisajes ensoñadores y de una gente linda y amable que vive en esas hermosas tierras.
Posted on: Nov 04, 2010
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Ciudad Amurallada (Walled City)
Ciudad Amurallada (Walled City)
Castillo de San Felipe, 1639-1657
Castillo de San Felipe, 1639-1657
Hotel Tres Banderas (home base)
Hotel Tres Banderas (home base)
Beautiful park one block from hotel
Beautiful park one block from hotel
Statue of Madrids Jose Fernandez
Statue of Madrid's Jose Fernandez
Fort view of Laguna de San Lazaro
Fort view of Laguna de San Lazaro
Cartagena & Laguna del Cabrero
Cartagena & Laguna del Cabrero
Greatest Spanish colony fort
Greatest Spanish colony fort
View of Bocagrande section of town
View of Bocagrande section of town
No captures - despite MANY attempts
No captures - despite MANY attempts
Protective, complex tunnel system
Protective, complex tunnel system
Walk to Caribbean in Bocagrande
Walk to Caribbean in Bocagrande
Cartagenas temp - 28°C year-round
Cartagena's temp - 28°C year-round
Swimmers lining up to body surf
Swimmers lining up to body surf
Workers ready chiva (party bus)
Workers ready chiva (party bus)
We all scream for ice cream!
We all scream for ice cream!
Reentering Ciudad Amurallada
Reentering Ciudad Amurallada
Palacio de la Inquisicion
Palacio de la Inquisicion
Palace of Inquisition torture rack
Palace of Inquisition torture rack
An Inquisition tool of the trade
An Inquisition "tool of the trade"
Also displays historical paintings
Also displays historical paintings
Painting shows inquisition torment
Painting shows inquisition torment
Plaza de Bolivar
Plaza de Bolivar
Hotel Charleston, former convent
Hotel Charleston, former convent
Caribbean Ocean from hotel roof
Caribbean Ocean from hotel roof
Beautiful Cartagena every direction
Beautiful Cartagena every direction
Iglesia de San Pedro Claver
Iglesia de San Pedro Claver
Cartagena Cathedral (1575-1612)
Cartagena Cathedral (1575-1612)
Cafe del Mar from Hotel Charleston
Cafe del Mar from Hotel Charleston
Musician on Las Murallas, sea walls
Musician on Las Murallas, sea walls
Cartagena Hostels review
Affordable Boutique Hotel Inside Walled City
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Cartagena
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