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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Plaza Héroes de Cavite and Roman Theatre

This week will end my presentation of our May 2022 cruises aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas, which if you’ll recall started with a transatlantic crossing, and finished up with a back-to-back follow-on that took us to some seldom seen ports in Spain and France. And this week well will finish up with a Fun Food Friday during our second visit to Valencia, where on this visit Ursula and I walked into town for a traditional Valencian paella for lunch. Heading into next week I’ll show you our next destination on this months-long journey as I take you to Germany, and then Utrecht in the Netherlands. It is from Netherlands where we then began a back-to-back-to-back set of voyages that I’m sure you’ll find fascinating the enjoyable.

Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena

But first we must finish with Cartagena before we move on to Valencia and beyond, and today we’re still in Plaza Ayuntamiento headed south toward some serious naval memorials. After that, we head onto a hill overlooking Cartagena and which holds a Roman theater, so it’ll be a busy day.

Plaza Ayuntamiento; looking west from the southeast corner of Town Hall

This area of Cartagena abuts a major Spanish naval base — Arsenal de Cartagena. The base dates back to the 18th century (constructed 1732-1782; in continuous use since 1782), and remains today one of Spain’s largest such facilities. So, it seems entirely appropriate that this adjacent piece of real estate would host several monuments and statues dedicated to the Spanish Armada. Let’s begin with this forlorn chap whom Ursula tried to cheer:

Cheer Up, Dude!

This homebound sailor I showed you last Fun Photo Friday:

Homeward Bound

The main dedication in Plaza Héroes de Cavite is the Monument to the Heroes of Cavite and Santiago de Cuba (Monumento a los Héroes de Cavite y Santiago de Cuba). The monument was opened to the public in two days before Armistice Day 1923, and commemorates the forces that operated under Admirals Pascual Cervera and Patricio Montojo during the Spanish-American War of 1898.

“Honoring the Squadrons of Cervera and Montojo”
Dedication to “Homeland” (Patria)

After our visit to Plaza Héroes de Cavite we boarded our bus for one last stop before heading back to Vision of the Seas. This was but a few minutes’ ride, and it afforded us the best views that day of Cartagena. But before we completed our hike to the observation point, we were delighted to see Cartagena’s old Roman theater. Built between 5 and 1 B.C., the ruins were only recently discovered, in 1988. Excavation and restoration were completed in 2003.

Cartagena’s Roman Theater
Cartagena’s Roman Theater
Cartagena’s Roman Theater
Cartagena’s Roman Theater

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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Walking Cartagena

Cartagena, Spain

Still in Cartagena, Spain for today’s article, and now on foot headed south toward the waterfront. The pedestrian walkway to see above is Calle Mayor, which is the main retail area for the city. At the north entrance to Calle Mayor, still in Plaza de San Sebastián, is Monumento al Procesionista (Monument to the Processionist):

Monumento al Procesionista

Continuing south you’ll find street views such as:

Calle Mayor
Calle Mayor

At the south terminus of Calle Mayor the vista opens up into two adjoining plazas — Plaza Ayuntamiento and Plaza José María Artes:

Plaza Ayuntamiento, Cartagena, Spain

Plaza Ayuntamiento translates to Town Hall Square, and it’s here that you’ll find the magnificent Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena (Palace Hall of Cartagena). This is a massive, triangular-shaped structure that dominates Plaza Ayuntamiento.

Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena

And, yes, we completely circumnavigated this Cartagena Modernism masterpiece from 1907:

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