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Campeche

The city of Campeche is a World Heritage Site for one main reason: due to the preservation of the architectural remains of the ramparts, strongholds, and embrasures which were built to protect the city from pirate invasions in 1704.

The former lookout points can be explored on foot, starting with the Puerta de Tierra, which used to be the main entrance to the city. You can still see the rooms that were occupied by the troops on duty and the embrasures through which they fired their weapons. From Thursday to Sunday, the cultural center holds a light and sound show, taking the audience back to colonial times when the inhabitants of Campeche fought fiercely to defend themselves against pirates.

From there, you can walk along Paso de Ronda, a pathway along the top of the wall which leads to the Baluarte de San Juan, and comes to an end at the Baluarte de San Francisco, one of the largest strongholds, which also appears in the light and sound show held at the Puerta de Tierra.

Further on is the Baluarte de Santa Rosa, where you can see a picture gallery and commend yourself to Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint to whom inhabitants prayed for protection during furtive attacks on the city.

The Baluarte de San Carlos overlooks the sea and was turned into the Museo de la Ciudad de Campeche (the city museum), while the Baluarte de La Soledad, the largest stronghold of all, holds Mayan architectural remains. You can also find the Puerta de Mar in this area, the second former entrance to the city, where the cultural walkway, Calle 59 begins.
The city of Campeche is a World Heritage Site for one main reason: due to the preservation of the architectural remains of the ramparts, strongholds, and embrasures which were built to protect the city from pirate invasions in 1704.

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The former lookout points can be explored on foot, starting with the Puerta de Tierra, which used to be the main entrance to the city. You can still see the rooms that were occupied by the troops on duty and the embrasures through which they fired their weapons. From Thursday to Sunday, the cultural center holds a light and sound show, taking the audience back to colonial times when the inhabitants of Campeche fought fiercely to defend themselves against pirates.

From there, you can walk along Paso de Ronda, a pathway along the top of the wall which leads to the Baluarte de San Juan, and comes to an end at the Baluarte de San Francisco, one of the largest strongholds, which also appears in the light and sound show held at the Puerta de Tierra.

Further on is the Baluarte de Santa Rosa, where you can see a picture gallery and commend yourself to Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint to whom inhabitants prayed for protection during furtive attacks on the city.

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