Batería de Castillitos, Spain

Just outside the city of Cartagena, Spain, lies an interesting and somewhat odd “castle” and battery called the Batería de Castillitos. When we were in Cartagena, we took the opportunity to drive up there to check it out and see some of the mount’s amazing views.

Built in the 1930s, this battery is somewhat kitschy in that it was constructed to look medieval, even though it’s not that old at all. Within its confines are two massive, 17-meter-long Vickers guns that fire 381mm, one-ton shells.

It’s, frankly, odd to see these 20th-century guns on top of what looks like an ancient castle. Built to protect the city of Cartagena and the bays on both sides of this mountain, these guns were only used once, during the Spanish Civil War, and the whole battery was finally decommissioned in 1994.

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