National Geographic : 1913 Feb
Photo by Louis Boury CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA The houses in Cartagena are built in the old Moorish style, orig in.ally imported from Spain. The open, tree-planted patio in the center is the focus of the family life, and on to it all the rooms of the house open. Very little adobe is used, and in the older houses the walls, of brick or stone, are often 3 feet thick. The windows and doors giving on to the street are heavily barred, so that the houses have a fortress like appearance. The importance of the shady patio and the thick walls can be appreciated when it is realized that the mean annual temperature is no less than 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo byLouis Boury CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA The old city of Cartagena isbuilt onapeninsula joined tothe mainland by a narrow causeway. Itisinclosed bywalls and defended by forts dating from the I6th century. These forts, long since dis mantled, are still in a good state ofpreservation. The streets aregen erally narrow and tortuous,paved with cobble-stones, butlighted by electricity, while through some ofthem pass electric cars connecting the city with the suburbs of Xiximani, onanother island. There isan admirable water supply, dueto anEnglish company, which brings the water from Turbaco, 3co feet upinthehills, behind thetown, where most of the wealthier merchants have their homes.