Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Christians... Find out why Cartagena was a crossroads of cultures and one of the most important cities in the ancient world on this walking tour which will give you an entertaining insight into nearly 3.000 years of history. Our walk starts through the old quarters to behold several modernist town houses built during the most recent period of splendour in this city, between the second half of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. We then plunge back in time to the period of Roman domination of this area from the 3rd century B.C. Here we find many vestiges of the Roman colonization, such as the Roman baths, "Via Augusta" (the main Roman thoroughfare in the Iberian Peninsula), and the magnificent remains of the Roman theatre, discovered by sheer chance just 20 years ago and still undergoing restoration. We then take an elevator up to the highest of the five hills which Cartagena was built on. Located overlooking the sea; this place chosen by the Christians to raise their main castle over the remains of the Moorish "Alcazar". From here you'll enjoy superb views of the whole city, including its immense natural harbour, well protected by the mountains surrounding it. The Bourbon king Carlos III chose this city to become one of the three main naval bases in Spain during the 18th century, along with "El Ferrol" and "Cadiz". Finally we visit the Civil war Shelter-Museum. These galleries, excavated out of the "Cerro de la Concepcion" served as air-raid shelters and were still to be completed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. They were part of the works carried out to construct shelters with a capacity to hold 5,500 people during the considerable bombing that Cartagena was subjected to, as it was the naval base for a great part of the Republican fleet. Afterwards there will be free time to browse in the main street in the centre of town, called "Calle Mayor". Notes: The order of the visits may vary.
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Duration: 3.5 hours
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