Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena, Cartagena
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena, Cartagena
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Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. A system of zones ... More
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. A system of zones divides the city into three neighbourhoods: San Pedro, with the cathedral and many Andalusian-style palaces; San Diego, where merchants and the middle class lived; and Gethsemani, the 'popular quarter'.
Little,it seems, has changed in Cartagena's 500 yr old history.Founded in 1533 during Spain's colonization era,many of its original buildings remain to present time. Most impressive is the walkable muralla that surrounds the city. This massive wall and fortresses protected the city and secured the treasures and slave trade from pirates that routinely ravaged the open sea coast.
Cartagena is that perfect blend of colonial and contemporary,culture and churches permeating every facet of daily life and the many religious structures on literally every barrio and corner.The beautiful and colorful balconied buildings bedecked with flowers and the many modern art iron scupltures in the plazas attest to the dual sided view of the city.
The constant flow of traffic and the silent hum of humanity also contibute to Cartagena's vibrant character.
Places to see--1.La muralla that encircles the entire city.2.Barajas castillo a massive fortress having a complex tunnel system.3.los zapatos viejos,a sculpture of shoes nearby 4.Las bovedas,souvenir shops of handicrafts near barrio San Diego and an antique shop nearby 5.La Popa, a cifftop colonial monastary with stunning views along a winding road best to take a cab ride there.6.Bocagrande,locale of hi-rises and beaches and a McDonalds golden arches cafe on 9th st.for that ice cream and burger fix 7.Plaza del reloj,location of 16th century slave trade and entrace to the old city.8. main cathedral and numerous churches,in plazas,ie Sto Domingo,Peter Claver,San Roque,etc.9.Pegasus statues,large iron horses near the marina 10.museo de oro,display of gold and archeology and a heavenly A/C cooling room 11.Barrio Getsamani,a bohemian sector of the city of many hostels and backbackers,12.palacio of the inquisicion,with huge palm trees at its entrance.13.La boquilla,a tiny fishing town 30 min away,quiet lagoon beaches and palapas to kick back and enjoy.14. Hotel charleston,for a cool beverage and roof top pool views! 15. museo de arte 16. Universidad of Cartagena,beautiful architecture 17. Third Order church of St Francis and lovely gardens 18. Convention ctr.-1980,modern art inside.19. Teatro heredia mejia,locale for Hay festival and beautiful example of colonial architecure.20.many plaza parks with statues of historical figures 21.city pet store on calle Large,cute displays of animals
Foods to try-- arepa,a maize biscuit,yucca a desert plant that is steamed,empanada,stuffed with meat and chicken.Many rest. and cafes
Caution-many stray dogs roam about,very narrow sidewalks that are often in disrepair,fenetic paced traffic and everyone jaywalks! finally a city after my own heart! and be wary of street vendors,they're a constant bombardment like pit bulls,some are. And be sure the cab driver keeps his word on taxi quotes,some try to change their price on arrival! Temperatures-- Cartagena is a constant 88 degrees of heat and humidity!
South America can be fun in Cartagena la antigua!
Had just left the ship, hired a car to take us to the gem mall. Unfortunately I fell down 2 steps. Could not believe the injury to my lower leg. The people of Cartagena were so wonderful !! People swarmed around me, 2 or 3 women speaking Spanish which I did not understand, took over the situation. I was in shock. One lady left and came back with paper towels to press on my wound to slow the bleeding. One gentleman took a clean, pressed hankerchief out of his pocket and get it to the ladies. Funny how I remember that so clearly. Thank you,whoever you are!
Then suddenly a gentleman speaking English spoke to me,"mam, mam, I am a policeman and I will stay with you until you are taken to the hospital, dont worry, don't be scared, we will take care of you" His name is Saul. I never got his last name but he was an angel to me as the ladies who helped me. Saul was stationed at the police dept. near the cruise ships. I wish I could fine the addess of his superiors so I could tell them what a wonderful person he is.
If we make it back to Cartagena, believe me I will find him. He promised he would show us the best of Cartagena personally! He kept his word, he radioed the ship and let them know we were coming. This young man rode in the cab with us all the way to the ship and did not leave until we were reboarding the ship.
Thank you Cartagena for your wonderful friendly, helpful and caring people. I will never forget them.
I will comeback, to that wonderful city called Cartagena, very natural beaches, the pescaro frito and crunch patacones jummm I adore my Colombiana wife she is form Medellin I'm from Fort Myers Beach Fl, We are planning to retire there.
Thanks Colombian people.
Mark and Gloria.
Amo (I love) Cartagena y todo de (and all of) Colombia
By A Yahoo Contributor, 10/12/07
I traveled to Cartagena in July, 2007, where I met a very sweet Colombiana whom I plan to marry. We attended a new church there, toured the fort together, and went to the Oceanaria on the Rosaria Islands with her kids and mom. I loved the people. There are lots of good and friendly people there. I also had some urgent dental work done for a very reasonable price, and it seems to be better than what my US dentists have done. My hearts desire is to live there for the rest of my life, but that may or may not be possible in the near future. The food was excellent! And mangos were everywhere. They had delicious mangos out the ears! We also took a horse-drawn buggy ride through the historic district at night. Sure, there are some bad folks in Colombia, but are there any less here in the US? I only met one that really annoyed me (a pimp named Richard. I don't approve of his business!). Only a couple of weeks ago, however, one of my former coworkers was buried after having been found shot to death here in the US. Let's clean up our own country, Mr. Bush! Altogether, it was the best trip of my life, and I plan to go back in December, God willing.
I just came back from Cartagena, Colombia, where I've spent the most fantastic time with my wife. The walled city is so amazing that it's hard to explain in words. The old city is as beautiful as an Italian town, but the fact that it is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, gives it a unique atmosphere where you can re-live the adventures of English, Dutch and French pirates who all attacked this great city at some point. We also loved San Felipe de Barajas Castle, which is considered to be the most distinguished Spanish military engineering work in America. The food is really excellent and non-expensive. Colombian people are so friendly as well. I would definitely recommend anyone to come to Cartagena to enjoy its history, architecture, food, people and Caribbean rhythms.
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