Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2018 - Page 412

places of interest Museo Nueva Cádiz (Nueva Cádiz Library Museum) Museo Nueva Cádiz takes its name from the first Spanish town in South America which was established on Isla Cubagua, south of Margarita around 1500. The town was later completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1541 but exhibits in the museum show artifacts from that period and throughout the region’s history since. Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo Although the 800kgs front door to Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo may only be a replica of the original, it is still impressive. Pampatar’s fort is located on the waterfront in the center of town. Built between 1663 and 1684, it was constructed on top of the site of an earlier fort which had been destroyed by European pirates. The fort offers a classic example of Spanish architecture and is the best preserved fort on the island. Photo Credit: Alexander 1