Cities of Spain: Cartagena

The major city and Port of Cartagena (Cartagena) lies in a comfortable bay on the southern shore of Palos Peninsula (Murcia). The city was founded approximately 227 g. to N. NS. Carthaginian General Gasdrubal under the name of Map Hadast ("New town"). During the second Punic war, the Romans managed to win the new Carthage, as the city began to be called, significantly scorched at the expense of the trade and mining of silver and became one of the richest in the world. At all times, Cartagena was a convenient naval base, about the importance of which the defensive fortifications remained to this day and the huge building of the Marine Arsenal, built by King Carl III (XVIII in.).

Architectural monuments Cartagena carry a clear imprint of a set of historical eras, "Raming" Through the city, and in his center almost everywhere you can find fragments of antique structures, which for the most part built into the buildings of later eras, but there are a lot of objects opened during the excavations in the construction of buildings, such as the Melcart Temple, dated II in. to N. NS. The most important monuments of Cartagena are the Roman amphitheater (70 g. to N. NS.), Cathedral of Santa Maria-Vieha (Santa Maria de Grassia, XIII in., In Crypt, a small archaeological collection is stored), which protects the entrance to the harbor La Navidad (XVIII in.), La Consepsio Castle, Modernist Mouth Building (Town Hall, XX.) And the nearby Torres Park, as well as the trees of Paseo de Alfonso XII boulevard, and the pride of local residents – submarine Isaac Penal, which is considered one of the first samples of this type of ships in the world (1884.). A business card of the city is the complex of his naval base – one of the largest in Europe, as well as the Naval Headquarters, artillery headquarters, the gates of the shipyard and the School of Mademaryanov, and a certain architectural interest.

Cartagena Museum has a magnificent collection of objects testifying to the important historical role of the city in antiquity. In the Archaeological Museum of Cartagena there is a large collection of items of Punic, Moortish and Catholic periods. The Augustum Museum on Calhe Caballeo is dedicated to the Roman period of the history of the city. Nearby are ruins "Houses Fortune" – old Roman residential complex dated i in. N. NS. Near the Arsenal is a naval museum with a richest collection on the history of navigation and military case. On the opposite side of the harbor, next to the lighthouse, there is a complex of the National Museum of Underwater Archeology, whose collection contains many items raised from the bottom of the sea. Punic Central Center on Calhe-San Diego guards the last fragment of the wall, built during the Gasdrubal, and also demonstrates many ancient finds made in the city.

The resort area of ​​the Costa Calida region adjacent to the city ("Warm coast") It has a sleef climate and beautiful small sand beaches. Here is the salt lake of Mar Menor ("Little Sea", In fact, it is a lagoon of 170 kV. km and a depth of no more than 7 meters), connecting with the Mediterranean Sea with a collace – a great place to enjoy water sports. Here, 315 days a year is solar weather, and the average air temperature is + 18 ° C. Most significant tourist centers – Santiago de la Ribera, Manga del Mar Menor, Puerto de Masarron, Boltowvo, San Pedro del Pinatar, Aguilas and Cartagena herself. Costa-Kalida resort areas are not as popular as the shores of the north of the Costa Blanca, but they have excellent and, importantly, clean beaches, and also retained much more features of national cuisine and lifetime.

Reviews and studies of trips

DE AGUILONES and CONEJOS batteries near Cartagena

We are going to watch batteries, former military facilities, not far from Cartagena. To drive up to the Battery De Aguilones, you need to drive through the oil processing plant. Read more →

Cities of Spain Cartagena

Latina1000 | Autumn 2016

Cartagena. Baroque charm of Roman ruins

Cartagena seemed young, fresh and solar. Walk we started from the port. Different ship began. This tourist. There are catamarans. This monument is especially popular. Read more →

Latina1000 | Spring 2015

On the viewing roads of Spain

My friend and we flew in Alicante in the middle of September. Where to go? We met now the Spanish ours and went to them in Torreviele. Read more →

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