"Fort: Fortaleza de San Felipe" Cartagena Things to Do Tip by crazyman2

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  • Fort:  Fortaleza de San Felipe - Cartagena
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  • Fort:  Fortaleza de San Felipe - Cartagena
 

This a 17th Century fort constructed from stone by the Spanish to keep invaders/pirates away. Cartagena was attacked many times of the years: on one occasion Sir Francis Drake ran amock with his pirate rabble ---officially sanctioned by his Queen! The lure of gold!

This fort is well-preserved. It is built on a high point in the older part of the city. From the ramparts you can view the skyscrapers of the newer part. It is a fair size with ramparts, small towers and a warren of tunnels. There are 'actors' and musicians ---beggars with a pirate/soldiers costume, beggars with a trumpet etc. within the fort. If you wish to take their photos then it may coast you a dollar or two. Outside the fort there are the pedlars selling beautiful, white tablecloths and jewels. They are in your face but a polile no sends them away to someone else!

This is not a European castle such as Bodiam, Warwick or such. It is more recent and so a smaller scale fort of the same era may be Upnor Castle in Kent, UK ---but San Felipe's is far more grand!

Would I return here again? YES! However, I'd prefer to have my own guide rather than been ushered around in our group from the Island Princess.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2008
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