Lookout tower, Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain  by Squealia

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One of the lookouts/watch towers, Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain. The little tracks infront of the tower are where the shells/missles were taken to the guns on metal trollies.

Between 1920 and 1930 the Spanish built many military coastal batteries, along the Costa Calida coastline, to protect mainly the natural harbour of the city of Cartagena which also has a naval base. The Bateria de Cenizas, is on one of the high hilltops to the North side of the city Cartagena, where there is a pair of very impressive British built Vickers and Armstrong 38.1 cm guns (in the style of the ‘Guns of Navarone’) which were used to protect the approches to Cartagena in more recent times. Built around 1930 these Baterias are now abandoned. The guns had a range of 20 miles and still remain in place today, and there is another pair on the south side of Cartagena at the Castillitos battery, at Cabo Tiñoso, near Puerto de Mazarron. Up in the open air, the mean and menacing guns point seaward and they would have been virtually impossible to spot from any distance, with their low profile and camouflage. This battery is not an official tourist site and is an hours walk from the nearest road. Some of the buildings are falling down, some are standing strong. Most of the old machinery is still housed underground in pitch black spooky musky rooms! See my other images from this and other military installations around Cartagena (They are amongst my Spanish photos!)


Nikon D40 18-55mm


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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 5 years ago

    great find would fit the nikon dslr group and also the Unwanted and abandonned Group

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 5 years ago

    brilliant great write up to

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    Brill work Celia,loks a great day out there and very interesting, nice one one buddy..

  • LoL I haven’t finished yet!!!! hahaha! I’ve got allsorts to choose from yet!!! hahaha! Trying not to over do it too much each day and everybody getting bored of my photos! You’d have a field day down around Cartagena. There is so much to snap! Roman remains, derelict mines, numerous batteries, lighthouses, coves, mountains you name it it’s got it around Cartagena. Just need a car and the cooler months or you would die in the heat!

    – Squealia

  • davesphotographics
    davesphotograp...over 5 years ago

    great capture nice shot wouldnt even know it was their if you imaging all the bushes and trees growing around it like it would have been and we never get bored with anyones photos well i think i speak for all your friends on here

  • Well it is incredibly high up too so a ship would never be able to see it!

    – Squealia

  • WJPhotography
    WJPhotographyover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture

  • Thank you

    – Squealia

  • jinney
    jinneyover 5 years ago

    This is very cool ms Celia!
    Great work!

  • Thank youJinney

    – Squealia

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...over 5 years ago

    A fabulous image! Such an interesting place!!

  • Thank you and yes it was!

    – Squealia

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceover 5 years ago

    Another interesting ‘rocky outcrop’. They certainly went to a lot of trouble to protect themselves, but I guess they had to in those days. Great photo too.

  • This is about 220 meters up a cliff from teh sea, I am not sure it would be visible from sea at all, let alone 20 miles away!! I went to the matching guns near Mazaron in September and that place is like a castle out of view of the sea! It seems bizare for 1930!

    – Squealia

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinover 5 years ago

    excellent capture…well done :-)

  • Thanking you

    – Squealia

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    Amazing shot!!!

  • Thank you

    – Squealia

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