One of the many charms of Cartagena de Indias is that you feel as though you’re leaving the 21st century behind to discover a beautiful colonial architecture. Thanks to the city’s beautifully well-preserved historic center, visiting Cartagena de Indias is like traveling back in time.

The architecture in Cartagena de Indias is eclectic and fascinating. Military structures, such as the walls, bastions and for tresses, stand next to a well preserved colonial and republican city.

Cartagena de Indias’s neighborhoods throb with Caribbean colors, and new constructions reflect an American influence in their whites and blues that copy the Car tagena de Indias sky. The walls were designed by Bautista Antonelli, an Italian military engineer who was hired by Phillip II to for tity the main por ts of the Caribbean as par t of his plan of defense. They were built to defend the city at the end of the 16th century, after an attack by Sir Francis Drake.

The project took almost two centuries to complete, and during that time the city was constantly under attack by pirates. The walls were finally finished in 1796. They are now open for tours, and on many an afternoon, couples will sit and watch the sunset from places where cannon shots were fired at pirate ships in olden days.


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