The contrast of Old Town with the new is obvious once you see the old colonial wall built in the 1500s. It is also one of UNESCO World Heritage site. The river that separates the Old Town from the Getsemani (the outer wall) was filled up because the stagnant water yielded too many harmful bugs. Now, it’s a street filled with vehicles and where the Parque del Centenario is built right opposite the main entrance to the Old Town.
Upon stepping into the gateway of Puerta del Reloj, we were mesmerized by Cartagena. This is the main entrance to Old Town Cartagena and once had a drawbridge over the river (has been filled). Something within me wanted to see the moat and drawbridge of the past.As we entered through Puerta del Reloj, the old stonewalled city came alive with colorful old buildings, wooden balconies, bougainvillea covering balconies and walls, statues, cobbled alleys, cobbled square, churches, plazas, music and the Hard Rock Café. All were very well preserved and absolutely impressive for a history buff.
Las Murallas, the wall and fort were constructed to protect the city from the enemies at the end of the 1500s. We took sometime to explore Iglesia de San Pedro Claver which will be posted next.