Christmas Fort and Lighthouse

Pasaje Faro Navidad, 2, 30394 Cartagena, Murcia, Spagna

Simona Bertolaso

Cartagena

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Type
Palazzi, Ville e Castelli
Hosted in
Inglese
Facility
Food, Tickets, Equipment

Description

As the capabilities of naval warfare evolved, so did the defenses of Cartagena’s harbor. Christmas Fort began with a hexagonal tower in the 16th century, became a coastal battery in 1740 and was significantly expanded in 1860. At its peak, the fort was armed with 16 pieces of artillery.
Many of them are still in place within the casemates.
Fuerte de Navidad was abandoned in 1941. It is now a tourist attraction.
By visiting the Christmas Fort you will learn in detail the defensive system of Cartagena throughout history. Enrol like a cabin boy on our Tourist Boat, and you will be able to enter the only coastal battery adapted to show military and everyday life in a 19th century fortress. Nestled in the right margin of the bay and next to the lighthouse of the same name, the Christmas Fort keeps witness of the political, social and military conflicts of the past centuries.
Examine the bunkers, learn how to handle a canon and discover the diet and the life of the gunners. Finish your visit enjoying the magnificent views from the terrace and relaxing on the return journey aboard the tourist boat.
You can reach Christmas Fort by car too.

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