Cartagena is the second largest city in the region of murcia 
and one of the most important ports in Spain. The commercial port is of great
economic importance, but in Cartagena there is as well the largest naval base
on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

 with its large shopping centre and many restaurants and coffee shops you can psnd the day walking round the city and seeing the roman ruins.

In the Punic War Cartagena was conquered by the
Romans and from then on its Latin name was Carthago Nova, from which derives
today's Cartagena. Under the Romans, the city prospered and became one of the
most important commercial centers, partly because of nearby silver mines, and
partly because the fish sauce Garum, or Liquamen, produced in Cartagena had a
high reputation in the Roman empire.

Although Cartagena was destroyed by Vandals in
the 5th century, some remarkable ruins of the Roman epoque have remained,
especially the Roman Theater 
from 1st century BC,
which is one of the landmarks of the city.
Next to it there are the ruins of the 13th century cathedral "Catedral de
Nuestra Señora de la Asunción" 
which was destroyed
irrecoverably during the Spanish Civil War.
Directly above the port there is the fortress "Castillo de la
which was built in
13th century using and integrating large parts of the ancient Roman Amphitheater.

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