San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Cartagena

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Wander the mighty fortifications of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, which played a crucial role in protecting gold shipped back to Spain by conquistadors in the New World. Originally completed in 1536 and expanded twice in the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex system of bunkers, batteries, and parapets represents one of the most formidable accomplishments in the history of Spanish military architecture. Walk the walls, explore the maze-like network of tunnels that links the different parts of the fort, and enjoy panoramic views from its highest point. You'll find little written information throughout the castle, so rent an audio guide if you want to learn about its history. Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Yes, it's worth knowing if you like history and military strategies. Shortly after the entrance there is a good showing on video telling the history of construction of the Fort. The construction began in 1597, and was expanded in 1657; the Fort was reinforced with batteries with a capacity of 62 cannons between 1762 to 1769. Was the scene of some attacks, first by the French (1697), then by the British (1741). This was the last attack by the European powers. It is interesting to discover all the maid at the time engineering and restoration that was made from 1928.
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  • It is paid. The entry is purchased below. A guide is not necessary. He is not recommended to go with children or older adults. Go with hat. Up if they sell food and water (don't do case to the excess of sellers). Also selling souvenirs. There are bathrooms
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  • Not to be missed visit to the Fort, is a colossal construction that was generated in a strategic way that to nearly indestructible site. Can be enjoyed from the top of Castle very beautiful landscapes of the city at the same time is a must to travel between their dark labyrinths that lie within the construction. You can reach erfectamente walk from historic since it is only 12 streets coming out of the wall.
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  • Right outside the old city quarter is this magnificent fortress. At the top you will find some of the best panoramic views of the old quarter and modern skyline. Inside, get yourself lost through the many tunnels. I will warn you....there are some tunnels that are so deep and dark, you will need to turn your flashlight on your smartphone. At one point, it was so dark and hot, I felt claustrophobic and quickly back-tracked to find my way out. I usually dont feel that way. If you desire, guided tours are offered and there are restrooms inside. Standard adult admission is 25,000 peso.
  • This massive fort dominates the landscape. Very impressed. Lots of walking up stairs and through tunnels. Vendors all around the city will tell you hats at this fort are expensive. We discovered hats at the fort are actually cheaper. Go figure. Yes...you will need a hat. The sun will get you.
  • It Is a great historical place you have to visit to know some history and because the view of the city from there is amazing. I'll recommend you to go in the afternoon to see the sunset.
  • Very rich historical place to visit. Be sure to watch the video about the history of the place that is shown there to be able to understand the meaning of the buildings. You buy the tickets directly at the castle. You can hire guides outside before entering, but it might not be necessary.
  • This fortress will take a good 2-3 hours to explore. Not only will you be taking a lot of pictures but It's also pretty big so there's a lot to walk through. Might be helpful to get an audio guide as you walk through the whole fortress. That way, you'll know a little about its history. Also there is a indoor area to watch a video in English so don't forget to stop there. I think it was in what used to be the hospital area at the back of the fortress. The video is an animation and illustrates the history of how the fortress became the way it is today.

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Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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