There is a fine Naval Museum in the city as well which features the first battery- powered electric submarine designed and built by Isaac Peral for the Spanish Navy. It was also the first fully capable submarine, equipped with a torpedo tube (and two torpedoes), air regeneration system, a shape which was the forerunner of much more modern submarine vessels. What it lacked was a way to recharge its batteries which was a fatal limitation on its use in wartime. The biggest Plaza in the city is the Ayuntamiento Square around which are other interesting and attractive buildings as well as boutiques and restaurants. I would have to admit that the most compelling reason for us to visit this port city was the Roman Theater and the excellent Museum that is now the entrance to the archeological site. Sadly, the once beautiful baroque cathedral of Cartagena was bombed into ruins during the Spanish Civil War. No effort has been made to reconstruct or resurrect it.
For more photos of this portion of the trip see Kay’s Flickr Cartagena Album
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