Cartagena

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Cartagena Travel Guide

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City Introduction

Cartagena is a city on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Its history goes back to the year 227 BC, when the military man Hasdrubal of Carthage founded the city, whose name derives from Carthage. In Roman times, Cartagena became an important city, which was not least due to the large, strategically located natural harbor. The later Byzantines made Cartagena the capital of the province of Spain, but the city experienced a decline that made it a minor fishing town when the Moors conquered it in 714. After the Christian reconquest, the city grew, and activities and prosperity boomed again from 1728, when Cartagena became the seat of the Spanish fleet in the Mediterranean.

Today, you can explore many sights from different periods and cultures in Cartagena. You can start a tour of the beautiful city at Plaza Ayuntamiento, where Cartagena’s town hall is located. It was built 1900-1907 with a beautiful interior such as the Escalera Imperial staircase. From here you can go to Plaza Héroes de Cavita, which is towards the sea, and to the naval museum Museo Naval de Cartagena, which is housed in a former naval building from the 18th century. At the museum you can see the submarine Peral from 1888 as one of the highlights of the collection.

In Cartagena’s old town you can see ruins from several ages as well. The city’s Santa María la Vieja Cathedral from the 13th century was destroyed in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War, and you can still visit the place as it looked after the bombings. Next to the cathedral you can see the relatively well-preserved Roman theatre, which was built around the year 0. Next to the theater there is today an archaeological museum for the site. Not far from the theater are the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, which is being excavated under the site of a bullring from the 19th century.

At the top of Cartagena is the castle Castillo de la Concepción on the ridge of the same name. The castle was built as a reconstruction of an earlier fortress in the 13th century using materials from the nearby Roman amphitheater. From the castle there is a fantastic view over all of Cartagena and the city’s harbor. In the city, you can also visit the Cartagena Archaeological Museum and the Maritime Archaeological Museum. When you walk the streets, you can notice the city’s art nouveau buildings from the period of expansion in the earlier 20th century. You can see, for example, the Gran Hotel and Casino Cartagena.

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Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Overview of Cartagena

Cartagena is a city on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Its history goes back to the year 227 BC, when the military man Hasdrubal of Carthage founded the city, whose name derives from Carthage. In Roman times, Cartagena became an important city, which was not least due to the large, strategically located natural harbor. The later Byzantines made Cartagena the capital of the province of Spain, but the city experienced a decline that made it a minor fishing town when the Moors conquered it in 714. After the Christian reconquest, the city grew, and activities and prosperity boomed again from 1728, when Cartagena became the seat of the Spanish fleet in the Mediterranean.

Today, you can explore many sights from different periods and cultures in Cartagena. You can start a tour of the beautiful city at Plaza Ayuntamiento, where Cartagena’s town hall is located. It was built 1900-1907 with a beautiful interior such as the Escalera Imperial staircase. From here you can go to Plaza Héroes de Cavita, which is towards the sea, and to the naval museum Museo Naval de Cartagena, which is housed in a former naval building from the 18th century. At the museum you can see the submarine Peral from 1888 as one of the highlights of the collection.

In Cartagena’s old town you can see ruins from several ages as well. The city’s Santa María la Vieja Cathedral from the 13th century was destroyed in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War, and you can still visit the place as it looked after the bombings. Next to the cathedral you can see the relatively well-preserved Roman theatre, which was built around the year 0. Next to the theater there is today an archaeological museum for the site. Not far from the theater are the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, which is being excavated under the site of a bullring from the 19th century.

About the Cartagena travel guide

Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
Published: Released soon
Author: Stig Albeck
Publisher: Vamados.com
Language: English

About the travel guide

The Cartagena travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Spanish city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

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