Tunnel leading to machine rooms, Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain

Squealia

Crediton, United Kingdom

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This is one of the tunnels which goes below ground level. Descend through teh tunnel and you come out into a dugout courtyard, about 15 meters below ground level. Here you will find old ammo storerooms and what appears to be accomodation too. The main barrack blocks are separate and the behind the installation with their roofs caved in. From this courtyard is another tunnel which goes under the one of the guns where there are more store rooms, machinery rooms and the engine remains to power the guns.

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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