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One of the lookouts/watch towers, Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain.

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!)

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spain, war, tower, watch, battery, guns, military, de, lookout, armstrong, artillery, vickers, espana, iberia, bateria, squealia, cenizas

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Comments

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you Brian

    – Squealia

  • davesphotographics
    davesphotograp...over 5 years ago

    good capture nice view

  • Thank you Dave

    – Squealia

  • jinney
    jinneyover 5 years ago

    Very interesting little house!
    its a great shot Celia!
    -jinneyxx

  • Thank you, There is a room under the upper lookout levels and out of one of the towers was a lovely view and some great worn old windows! I’ll add them in a day or so!

    – Squealia

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Good shot and interesting description

  • Thank you

    – Squealia

  • lefty1
    lefty1over 5 years ago

    looks like a theme out of Disneyworld! super capture Celia

  • No pseudo stuff here! All genuine Spanish 1930 military artitechture! The one further down the coast near Mazarron is more ornate and like a castle!

    – Squealia

  • lefty1
    lefty1over 5 years ago

    If I insulted you by referencing Disneyworld, I apologize! I was not making light of your photo, it was really a compliment!

  • LOL no offence taken i was just joking back! The Spanish didn’t just build these things the most practical way, for some reason they made them ornate which for 1930 is rather surprising! hahaha!

    – Squealia

  • THIS ONE is the south side of Cartagena, same guns, similar lookout posts, similar underground too, what is different is the back facade away from teh sea, which is this one!

    – Squealia

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

    Fascinating narrative! Wonderful stonework! Great job with the image!!!

  • Thank you Patricia

    – Squealia

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceover 5 years ago

    A great, clear photo Celia. It’s a well camouflaged watchtower – looks more like a rocky outcrop!

  • Thank you jenny, I know very bizare!

    – Squealia

  • Spnchica
    Spnchicaover 5 years ago

    I have spent many summers in La Manga del Mar Menor and enjoy the hike up to the Bateria. Thank you for reminding me of some wonderful times!!

  • I think it was a perfect time of year too as all the wildflowers are out and not too hot!

    – Squealia

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 5 years ago

    This is LOVELY!!

  • Thank you Robin

    – Squealia

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