"Castillo De San Felipe" Cartagena Things to Do Tip by TooTallFinn24

Cartagena Things to Do: 19 reviews and 43 photos

  Castillo De San Felipe From Down The Hill
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  • Castillo De San Felipe From Down The Hill - Cartagena
      Castillo De San Felipe From Down The Hill
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  • Walking Up To the Fort - Cartagena
      Walking Up To the Fort
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  • Bugler On Top of Fort Playing National Anthem - Cartagena
      Bugler On Top of Fort Playing National Anthem
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  • View of Cartagena From the Fort - Cartagena
      View of Cartagena From the Fort
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Perched on the hill of San Lazaro, with a commanding view of the city, Castillo De San Felipe is a must. The fort was started in 1537 and there were two major additions in the next two centuries. The fort itself is built in a triangular pattern to have different views of how to protect the city.

The views of the castle from down below are not particularly impressive. However you when you reach the top you can see some of the beauty of its construction. There are litterally a smorgasboard of tunnels shaped like a labyrinth that honeycomb their way through the castle. Taking a tour I learned that the angles of the tunnels were constructed to make it more difficult for pirates to gain control over where they were going. Many of the tunnels are nearly pitch black whereas some of them were lighted.

From the top of the castle you have some commanding views of downtown and the Caribbean sea. You understand immediately why the castle was built where it was and how effective it must have been as a fort in protecting the City.

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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