Cartagena, Colombia--10/15/98

Cartagena, founded in 1533, is a mix of 16th century Spain and 20th Century metropolis.  Cartagena was an important port for shipment of gold and emeralds to Spain.  However, pirates attacked the city frequently so that a protective wall was built around the city and streets were made intentionally narrow and crooked to ward off attacks.  This layout survives, giving the city its historical charm.

The modern metropolis

Remnants of San Felipe Fortress

Church of San Pedro Claver

View from La Popa Monastery of only a small portion of Cartagena

La Popa Monastery

Shopping in the Old City

Grand Cayman Island

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