Mess Room? Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain  by Squealia

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This room is within the building in the dugout courtyard. There are various store rooms here and this accomodation/mess room.

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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  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    Looks like a bombs gone off, nice one Celia…

  • Thank you jason, no, no shots fired in anger… just good old Spanish building!!!! Lasts five minutes!

    – Squealia

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you brian

    – Squealia

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    excellent love

  • Thank you Steve

    – Squealia

  • davesphotographics
    davesphotograp...over 5 years ago

    great capture nice work and looks a bit bomb swept

  • Thank you dave! No just bad Spanish building!

    – Squealia

  • jinney
    jinneyover 5 years ago

    Very nice capture!
    Mess room I know has a meaning of where the soldiers eat…but mess…haha!
    Great work!

  • Double meaning hahaha!!! thanks

    – Squealia

  • WJPhotography
    WJPhotographyover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture

  • Thank you

    – Squealia

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago

    well done HDR

  • Thank you

    – Squealia

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 5 years ago

    Great capture and treatment, dilapidated, but not too gloomy. The very small amount of graffitis shows that it is indeed far away; the ruins have remained in fairly good conditions for all that time.

  • In fact if I remember correctly that room in the corner was bathroom! There was a small deep rectangle tiled tub a cistern high on the wall! The loo seat was lying somewhere, but not sure what that originally sat on! No porceline pan anywhere that I saw!

    – Squealia

  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryover 5 years ago

    Fantastic Capture!

  • Thank you Angel

    – Squealia

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

    The mess room is certainly a mess! LOL! Great capture and post processing work!!

  • Thank you Patricia!!!

    – Squealia

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