Archaeological route Today it is possible to follow a route that can give us an idea of the possible appareance of Qart Hadast, Nea Karchedon, Cartagonova o Cartago Spartaria, or -one and the same thing- Cartagena in ancient times. The preservation of numerous remains in basements which are open to visitors, the presence of monumental remains integrated into the context of the modern – day city, or the section of the ancient pavementes that come to light from time to time, all encourage visitors to embark upon a tour of a more achaeological nature.
Baroque and neoclassic route The verses of Cervantes, emblazoned on a large tile mosaic opposite the monument dedicated to the Heroes of Cavite, provide us with an introduction and point of departure for a tour of Cartagena's harbour, the authentic raison d'étre of the city throughout its long history. If we go to the quayside, in front of the monument to the Heroes of Cavite, we can get a glimpse of the enclosed circle that the bay of Cartagena offers, opening only via the narrow strait between the mounts of Galeras and San Julián, looming up like two protective colossi...
Modernist and Eclectic Route The industrial, mining and commercial bourgeoisie built their new residences according to the eclectic and modernist tastes of the end of the 19th century, and this profound renovation still marks the character of the city's old quarter today. The architect Victor Beltrí was the most representative of this modernist trend in the city with buildings such as Asilo de Ancianos, Aguirre House or Casa del Niño. Cartagena grew and, with the coming of the 20th century, part of the city walls carne down and the plan for uban expansion, in a grid lay-out, came into effect.
Contemporary route Now past the years of industrial conversion at the end of the 20th century, Cartagena looks to the future as a city which whilst maintaining its renewed industrial activity, is at the same time an important commercial hub with a clear focus on culture and tourism. The construction of cutting-edge buildings and the restoration of others that we have already mentioned, give a new air to the city.
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