Reblog of my Cartagena post of 23 Nov 2011
Cartagena is old. It already had an illustrious past when the Roman general, Scipio, renamed it Carthago Nova – New Carthage – in 209 BC.
The city is an important port and naval base but its glory days were in the past – a bit like Portsmouth and Chatham really! So when I visited Cartagena recently, I was expecting to see decrepit, run-down areas with old dreary houses. I was pleasantly surprised! What I encountered was a bright airy city with pedestrianised boulevards and decorative buildings. One road in particular – Calle Major – is particularly attractive with shops, eating places and 19th-century mansions with colourful façades such as Cervantes House and Llagostera House both in Modernist style. The Grand Hotel is another building in this road that has modernist influences and a spectacular dome caps its circular façade.
There are attractive and historical buildings throughout the city as well…
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