Old City Cartagena
OLD CITY, CARTAGENA
Located on the Northern coast of Colombia founded in 1533 and named after Cartagena, Spain. Because of it's location it became a wealthy trade center for both gold and slaves. Cartagena also became an attractive target for pirates and privateers working for England or France. Which resulted in the fortress and walled in city known as the Old City or Cartagena de la Indias. It is now a very touristic place for shopping, dining, night life, boutique hotels, and just walking around taking in the sites or visiting the Plaza Simon Bolivar, La Palacia de la Inquisition, Fortress de San Felipe, or the Artisan Craft Center.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Sitting on a hill in a defensive position overlooking both land and sea. It's history started in 1536 named after King Phillip IV in Spain. Wider at the base, it forms a series of bunkers and tunnels built with coral from the
shore as you can see when you examine the walls up close. Because of it's location and defenses Cartagena flourished as an important trade port along with San Juan Puerto Rico and Havanah Cuba.
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