ABOUT CARTAGENA

Cartagena de Indias 

Top: Bocagrande Harbour. Second row: View of Santa Cruz Manga Island, Heredia Theatre. Third row: ClockTower (Torre del Reloj), Pilar Republicano, San Felipe Barajas Castle (Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas) (above), Charleston Hotel (below). Bottom: City Skyline.

Top: Bocagrande Harbour. Second row: View of Santa Cruz Manga Island, Heredia Theatre. Third row: ClockTower (Torre del Reloj), Pilar Republicano, San Felipe Barajas Castle (Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas) (above), Charleston Hotel (below). Bottom: City Skyline.

Flag of Cartagena

Flag Official seal of Cartagena

Seal

Nicknames: "The Magic City", "The Cosmopolitan City", "The City of Cartagena", "The Heroic", "The Rock Corral", " The Fantastic"

Motto(s): "Por Cartagena"

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Cartagena is located in ColombiaCartagenaCartagena

Coordinates: 10°24′N 75°30′WCoordinates: 10°24′N 75°30′W

Country Colombia

Department Bolívar

Region Caribbean

Foundation June 1, 1533

Founded by Pedro de Heredia

Named for Cartagena, Spain

Government

 • Mayor Pedrito Tomas Pereira Caballero[1]

Area

 • City 572 km2 (221 sq mi)

Elevation 2 m (7 ft)

Population (2016)

 • City 971,592 [2]

 • Rank Ranked 5th

 • Metro 1,013,389[2]

Demonym(s) Cartagenero(s) (in Spanish)

Time zone UTC-5 (COT)

Postal code

130000

Area code(s) 57 + 5

HDI (2008) Increase 0.798 – High

Patron saints Saint Catherine and Saint Sebastian

Average temperature 30 °C (86 °F)

Website www.cartagena.gov.co (in Spanish)

The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias (Spanish: Cartagena de Indias [kaɾtaˈxena ðe ˈindjas] (About this soundlisten)), is a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. It was strategically located between the Magdalena and Sinú rivers and became the main port for trade between Spain and its overseas empire, establishing its importance by the early 1540s. During the colonial era it was a key port for the export of Peruvian silver to Spain and for the import of enslaved Africans under the asiento system. It was defensible against pirate attacks in the Caribbean.[3] It is the capital of the Bolívar Department, and had a population 971,592 as of 2016.[2] It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region, after Barranquilla. The urban area of Cartagena is also the fifth-largest urban area in the country. Economic activities include the maritime and petrochemicals industries, as well as tourism.

The city was founded on June 1, 1533, and named after Cartagena, Spain, which in turn was named after Carthage in Tunisia. Settlement in the region around Cartagena Bay by various indigenous people dates back to 4000 BC. During the Spanish colonial period Cartagena served a key role in administration and expansion of the Spanish empire. It was a center of political, ecclesiastical, and economic activity.[4] In 1984, Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



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