Clock Tower (Torre de Reloj) - Cartagena, Colombia
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 10° 25.385 W 075° 32.945
18P E 439901 N 1152242
Quick Description: The Clock Tower (Torre de Reloj) is the south gateway entrance into the old walled city of Cartagena.
Location: Colombia
Date Posted: 3/19/2015 3:34:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMNHT3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Clock Tower was once the main gateway to the walled city of Cartagena. It was known as Boca del Puente (The Mouth of the Bridge) because is linked the Getsemani neighborhood of Cartagena to the old walled city by means of a drawbridge over a moat. Construction on the tower begun in 1601 and by 1631 the walls surrounding the city were complete.

In 1697 the tower was partially destroyed and then repaired in 1704 by incorporating a baroque facade and four Tuscan arches. The first clock was installed in 1874. In 1888 architect Luis Philip Jaspe Franco designed the eight sided Gothic clock tower to showcase the four clock faces. The present Swiss built clock replaced the original clock in 1937.

The stamp was issued by Colombia as a single pictorial stamp showing the most famous landmark of Cartagena.
Stamp Issuing Country: Colombia

Date of Issue: November 15, 1945

Denomination: 50 centavos

Color: olive black

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

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