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Cruise, Cartagena Columbia


Although people have lived in this area for 4,000 year, it wasn’t until the mid 1500’s before the city as we know it was founded. Originally an important port for Spanish trade, it has withstood numerous attacks by foreign governments and pirates. A large part of this has been the construction of a major defensive wall, most of it still exists today.

The old city has a wall of some 9 miles long, and entrance is through the clock tower. Inside, you will find narrow roads, but colorful buildings, many with balconies with flowers and decorations. There are parks and museums, but it is hot here…. the average high temperature is 90F all year round!

Once outside the old city, it is a large and modern place. High rise apartments and office complexes as far as the eye can see. Truly a city with both the old and the new.

Below are some pictures; for a full album click on the Flickr link (below right) and click on Albums.

Clock tower and entrance to the old city

Clock tower and entrance to the old city

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Colorful buildings

Colorful buildings

Showing off the local dress

Showing off the local dress

Many works of golden art

Many works of golden art

The Inquisition Building, scene of awful tortures

The Inquisition Building, scene of awful tortures

Cartegena stree

Cartegena stree

Decorative door knocker

Decorative door knocker

Colorful buildings

Colorful buildings

On top of the wall

On top of the wall

A defensive outpost

A defensive outpost

Canons on the walls

Canons on the walls

Shopping in the shade

Shopping in the shade

Colorful parrot

Colorful parrot

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