Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cartagena, Murcia [Part III of IV]

Located along the Mediterranean coast in Murcia and noted for its importance as a maritime port and the Spanish Navy Department, Cartagena refers to itself as ‘the Port of Cultures’ and indeed it is.

With its beautiful palm tree lined maritime esplanade and charming city centre filled with some amazing modernist architecture, Cartagena promises a pleasurable walk as you discover its history through its defensive forts, roman ruins, city sights and major museums!

Above: The lovely, spacious esplanade along the port, lined with palm trees.

Above: Yachts docked in the harbour.

Above: The Real Club Regatas

Above: A bronze statue to commemorate the victims of terrorism.

Above & Below: One of the most monumental buildings in the city is the Palacio Consistorial or the City Hall of Cartagena, which was built in the early 20th century and stands at the entrance to the city centre along Calle Mayor. Its grand appearance is simply breath taking.

Above: Walking through the city centre.

Above: Some of the interesting buildings built by some of the city's leading architects.

The journey to discover more of Cartagena continues upwards through the 15 storey tall “Panoramic Lift”, which brings one to the Torres Park and Cartagena's visitor’s centre housed in the 13th century Castillo de Concepcion. From here, learn about the history of Cartagena and enjoy a panoramic view of the city!

Above: The Panoramic Lift. The ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre can be seen from here.

Above: The Torres Park located up on a hill offering some fantastic view of the city and harbour.

Above: View from the top.

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