INTERPRETATION CENTER OF THE PUNIC WALL
You have entered the punic world
Carthage and Rome. Greeks and Phoenicians. Iberian civilizations¿ Cartagena, or Kart-Hadast; a port for the import and export of raw materials; a major base for the deployment of great Mediterranean empires; and an amalgamator of the predominant seagoing cultures of the ancient world. We would like to show you, in the Interpretation Center of the Punic Wall, a crucial periodin the history of the Mediterranean.
Where are you today?
You are on the left side of one of the five hills that surround Cartagena, It is called the Monte de San José, but it was known as Aletes in ancient times.
What about 2200 years ago?
We are inside the wall that protected Qart-Hadast. This site dates towards the end of the 3rd century B.C., which coincides with the time that the city was founded by Asdrubal, the Carthaginian general. This was in the year 227B.C. The design of the wall was similar to the many fortified Hellenistic models that stretched over the central shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is comprised of two parallel - walls built with big sandstone blocks that stood at over three metres height in some places. We have recreated the dimensions and the shape of the original wall so that you can experience the sensations that the ancient dwellers would experience as they walked along the highest part of the wall.
Go into the projection room and take a step back in time. Amilcar, Asdrúbal Scipio.. .they will all cease to be unknown. Contemplate the Punic Wars from the point of view of one of its characters. Turn into an archaeologist for a few minutes and experience what it would be like to have dug up the remains.
While in the exposing room observe the panels very carefully. They should help you understand how Mediterranean cultures evolved, and also Cartagena developed during this period. This is history, as related by Polibio.
Before continuing the Circuit, this is best place to view the remains of the monuments in this site, the crypt in the chapel of San José and the Punic Wall.
You can now get out into the fun space and recreate the Roman assault on the city of Qart-Hadast by means of a game, specially created for children.
The stairway takes you to the bottom of the crypt, but before you go, contemplate the urban development of the city, from the times of the Carthaginians to modern times.
The crypt is the only remains that are left from the chapel of San José, and dates from the 16th to the 19th century. Experience the religious and funerary context for which it was created.
You will find descriptions of systems of constructions, techniques and materials used for the wall in the Punic Wall center.
Go up to the upper floor, and before finishing the circuit, you will be able to look at the Punic remains that were discovered during the excavations.
Shop, special access for the handicapped.
From Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00.
Individual Rate: 3.5 Euros
Reduced Rate: 2.5 Euros
Group Rate (Minimum 20 persons): 2 Euros