Bateria de Castillitos, Cabo Tiñoso

Squealia

Crediton, United Kingdom

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Although military architecture is often ugly, here the Battery
has been built into the mountainside in the style of a castle, using a lot of
local stone. During the early part of the 20th century a system of coastal defences was constructed to protect the vital harbour of Cartagena. This included forts, guns, fire control systems, searchlights and many other elements. The system included four of the largest artillery pieces ever made – huge 38.1 Vickers guns with a range of some 20 miles. These guns remain in place, two here at the Castillitos battery, at Cabo Tiñoso, near Puerto de Mazarron, & two at the Cenizas battery, near La Manga Club. 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. At the back of the battery, out of sight of observers on warships, however, imagination has been allowed to run riot in a mass of turrets, castle walls and decorative stonework. The effect is pretty comical when one considers the deadly power of the guns to the front. Look up and below the big guns and you can see other batteries.

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  • Rita  H. Ireland
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  • Johanne Brunet
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