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Cartagena, Port of Cultures
Cartagena is a municipality of many cultures due to its many diverse inhabitants. Its strategic position on the Mediterranean or the Murcia coast, the province where it is located, has given it the various kinds of people who are a part of the city’s rich culture. The city's architecture and artistry has been influenced by many different heritages giving it Roman, Phoenician, Byzantine and Moorish marks.
The municipality boasts of its archeological artefacts and buildings from the ages of the Roman Empire. The Roman Theatre Museum, which has been recently restored and is known as a landmark of the city, contains important artefacts from the civilisation until you are led to the marvelous amphitheatre. Other prominent archaeological wonders are the Roman colonnade, the House of Fortune, the decumanus, the Torre Ciega and the Augusteum. Other museums that you can visit besides the Roman Theatre Museum are the Municipal Archaeological Museum and the Arqua (National Museum of Maritime Archaeology).
In the municipality, you can also take in the grandeur of beautiful and awe-inspiring buildings built from time to time by different inhabitants. Now the Polytechnic University is the Campus Muralla del Mar. There are also sites that cement the military importance of Cartagena as it was previously a naval base. These include: the Arsenal, Charles III rampart, the Midshipman’s Barracks and the Naval Headquarter Palace.
Many of the touristic attractions in the quaint municipality are within walking distance to the city centre, Campo de Cartagena, so it is safe to give your campervan a little bit of a rest for driving to other cities and towns in Spain including Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Valencia, among others.
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