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Fort of St. Philip

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Cartagena, Colombia.

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  • Photo of Fort of St. Philip
  • Photo of Fort of St. Philip
  • Photo of Fort of St. Philip
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This fort has an impressive design that means if one part of the fort is breached the rest can still be defended. It’s the steep angles of the brick battlements and the maze of tunnels inside that do it. These same tunnels are what give the fort a spooky feel even for modern visitors who aren’t expecting to get rushed by defenders, so they must have been a bit frightening to enter in battle, even for the men serving under Sir Francis Drake. These features mean this was probably one of the strongest of the conquistador fortresses – the peak of 17th Century fort building design – but it did take 200 years and 245 tons of gold to build.

Visitors are welcome to wander all over the heavy fort and explore the tunnels but there’s not much onsite information so beef up before you go, bring your guide book or consider arranging the services of a guide.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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