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Cartagena fort to offer multi-language audio guides

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Cartagena‘s world-famous fort of San Felipe de Barajas is to be equipped with multi-lingual audio guides for tourists.

The audio guides, which are common in museums and historic sites around the world, will be initially available in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian, with a Portuguese version in the pipeline, and will allow visitors to experience the fort at their own speed.

“Cartagena must innovate, and as a company committed to culture and tourism, we always give the best to the city, said Jorge Mondol, commercial sales director of Tierra Magna, who are implementing the guides.

“This new service puts us at the forefront of technology like the museums of Europe … we are the only city in the country offering this system,” said Mondol.

Irvin Muñoz Perez, CEO of the Cartagena Tourism Board, said that he was pleased the private sector was interested in developing tourism and supports entrepreneurial projects such as the audio guides.

The Cartagena fort, commonly referred to as Castilla de San Felipe de Barajas, was commissioned by the Spanish Crown and built between 1639 and 1789 to protect the city from marauding pirates.

The fort received 250,000 visitors in 2009 and is one of the main attractions of the well-preserved colonial city.