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Touristic Packet: Cartagena

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

Tour of Cartagena (port city, old Carthago Nova): a panoramic visit to Cartagena (some 50 km away from Murcia) with English-speaking official guide, offered to the attendees and accompanying persons of the 9ECCN (minibus transport).

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  • Departure from Murcia to Cartagena: At 09:00 h. From Murcia City Hall.
  • Arrival: At 10:30 hrs
  • Visit: 10:30 hrs to 13:00 hrs
  • Lunch: 13:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs.
  • Visit: 15:00 hrs to 18:30 hrs

10:30 hrs.

THE ROMAN THEATRE OF CARTAGENA:

The discovery and excavation of the Roman Theatre of Cartagena is the most amazing of the town’s archaeological findings, demonstrating the important role that the town of Cartagena played in the old Roman times (Hispania = Spain). The reason why a monument of this category and dimension could remain hidden for centuries is that it lies in an area of the city which has been continuously occupied until present, with the result that it was hidden by ulterior edifications with the passing of time. An example of this occupation is the partial overlap of the Old Cathedral over theupper part of the Roman Theatre.

Despite starting off as being a simple archaeological project, the complete restoration of the Roman ruins has become the driving force behind the regeneration of one of the most depressed areas of the city. Furthermore, its location along side some of the town’s most significant buildings, such as the Cathedral, Town Hall, the Medieval Castle and port facilities, makes it one of the most attractive and monumental places in Cartagena.

12:00 hrs

Walking tour visiting.

  • CITY HALL. CONSISTORIAL PALACE:

A triangular-shaped building with three different facades, the official nature of the edifice is underscored by it eclectic construction. Inside, the modernist style is evident in the paintings and decorative details in the grand entrance hall and on the second floor.

  • CARTAGENA MODERNISM TOUR  

Modernism arises in Cartagena boosted by the bourgeoisie that is creating wealth thanks to the flourishing mining activity developed especially in the neighbouring Sierra de La Union.

This aristocracy chose the modernist style as a symbol of the progressism of this era, its ideal being free and imaginative creation, luxurious and superfluous details, and plenty of symbols and decorative motifs.
The facades, full of ornamental and chromatic motifs, became a means of expressing the economic power of their residents. The balconies and verandas, very frequent at that time, allowed participating in the elitist social life of the city.
The city laterunderwent a deep transformation developing its sanitation and urban infrastructure with projects such as the Ensanche Project.
There are many examples of modernist architecture in the city that can be seen on this route such as the Pedreño Palace, the Maestre House, the train station, the Casino, the Palace of the Aguirre Family, the Casa Llagostera, the Grand Hotel, The Cervantes Palace, and The Palace Hall that over the years have become the symbols of the progress that the city experienced in one of its periods of greatest splendour.

13:00 hrs. Lunch.

Menu 1

Individual
Pumpkin Cream with Garnish
Eggplant Cake with Prawn
Roast chicken with potatoes.
Dessert
Cheesecake
Includes: water and soft drinks

Menu 2

Individual
Cold soup of roasted tomatoes with couscous
Mediterranean Pisto Pie with Marinated Sardine
Sea-bass fillets in mussels sauce
Dessert
Coffee Flan
Includes: water and soft drinks

15:00 hrs.

District of the Roman Forum

The District of the Roman Forum adds to what is already known about historical Carthago Nova, revealing another fragment of its archaeological richness. This area remained concealed for more than twenty centuries beneath layers of ulterior occupation at the Molinete summit, known in antiquity as arxHasdrubalis (Hasdrubal’s arch).

Excavations undertaken during the last years on the southern face of the Molinete Hill revealed two entire blocks of Roman Cartagena. This comprises three buildings: a thermal bath dating from the 1st century AC, a building used for the celebration of religious banquets, the Edificio del Atrio, or Atrium Building, dating from the 1st century AC and a shrine dedicated to the Greco-Roman gods Isis and Serapis.

Two features found within the remains stand out due to their good level of preservation: the pictoric cycles which decorated the banqueting halls of the Atrium Building and the floor of the opus spicatum, in the peristyle of the thermal baths, decorated in a herringbone design. Walls of up to four meters in height can also be seen, along with several columns from the Atrium Building, peristyle of the baths and the Isis and Serapis Shrine, which have been reconstructed using the original materials.

  • Return to Murcia: At 16:30 hs
  • Fee:
  • 60 € per person.
  • Tourist guide in English.
  • Bus transportation Murcia-Cartagena-Murcia.
  • Lunch.
  • Tickets for The Roman Theatre and the District of the Roman Forum.
  • Minimum 20 people.