CARTAGENA

 Cartagena (Spanish pronunciation: [kartaˈxena],

Escudo Cartagena

It’s a Spanish city and a major naval station located in the Region of Murcia, by the Mediterranean coast, south-eastern Spain.

Much of the historical weight of Cartagena in the past goes to its coveted defensive port, one of the most important in the western Mediterranean. Cartagena has been the capital of the Spanish Navy’s Maritime Department of the Mediterranean since the arrival of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. As far back as the 16th century it was one of the most important naval ports in Spain, together with Ferrol in the North. It is still an important naval seaport, the main military haven of Spain, and is home to a large naval shipyard.

The confluence of civilizations as well as its strategic harbor, together the rise of the local mining industry is manifested by a unique artistic heritage, with a number of landmarks such as the Roman Theatre, the second largest of the Iberian Peninsula after the one in Mérida (capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura), an abundance of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish remains, and a plethora of Art Nouveau buildings, a result of the bourgeoisie from the early 20th century. Cartagena is now established as a major cruiser destination in the Mediterranean and an emerging cultural focus.

It is the first of a number of cities which eventually have been named Cartagena, most notably Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena of the Indies) in Colombia

What to see in CARTAGENA:

The rich Carthaginian heritage spreads to the shores of its marina. The Muralla del Mar (‘Sea Wall’), built by Charles III (18th century), delimits the old quarter. 

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology ARQUA (at Paseo Alfonso XII, 22) houses the National Centre for Underwater Archaeological Research. The findings on display reveal aspects of naval construction, trade and navigation since ancient times. The first submarine build by the inventor from Cartagena, Isaac Peral, can be seen in the Naval Museum since September 2013 after his complete restoration.

 The entrance to the city center is dominated by the Town Hall, a gem of modernist architecture dating from the early 20th century.

The Old Cathedral is located on the Camino del Parque Torres (behind the Muralla del Mar wall). This is the oldest place of worship in Cartagena (13th century), and stands on the remains of a Roman theatre discovered in 1987.

More to see:

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don’t forget going to EL MAR MENOR (the small sea) , CABO DE PALOS (PALOS cape), the beautiful beaches and spectacular views….

Information’s extracted from Wikipedia, experiences of visitors in http://www.virtualtourist.com/,  Google images

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