The Cartagena Naval Museum is a military museum near the city port of Cartagena. It presents exhibitions related to naval construction. The museum was opened in 1986. It has been moved to a new headquarters in the city's seafront, in the former Maritime Instruction Headquarters, a historical building from the mid-eighteenth century that was constructed by the military engineer Mateo Vodopich. The building is in front of the Botes Basin. Since its construction in 1786, it has been the State Penitentiary Center (1824), Presidio (1910), and after the Spanish Civil War Barracks for the Instruction of Sailors. Following the agreement signed in 2005 by the Ministry of Defense, the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, the use of the building is shared between the university and naval museum. The space dedicated to the museum is in the southern half of the ground floor of the building.
The collection, made up of more than 3,000 items, offers a journey through the history of the Navy in the city of Cartagena and is divided into the thematic areas like naval construction, navigation, naval artillery and portable weapons etc.
In 2013, the museum is expanded with the inauguration of the Isaac Peral Room in the old Arsenal Boiler Workshop. After the rehabilitation of the ship, the Peral Submarine is moved from the promenade to undertake its restoration and guarantee its adequate exhibition to the public, becoming the main piece of the museum. In the same space, the Isaac Peral Legacy is exhibited, which contextualizes the important contribution of the Cartagena sailor to scientific and military history.References:
The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village. Settlement here began sometime between 500 and 200 BC. At the centre of the settlement is a stone tower or broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. Its interior is divided into sections by upright slabs. The tower features two skins of drystone walls, with stone-floored galleries in between. These are accessed by steps. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. The roof would have been thatched, surrounded by a wall walk linked by stairs to the ground floor. The broch features two hearths and a subterranean stone cistern with steps leading down into it. It is thought to have some religious significance, relating to an Iron Age cult of the underground.
The remains of the central tower are up to 3.6 metres high, and the stone walls are up to 4.1 metres thick.