Portobelo, Colón, Panamá
The fortifications of Portobelo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sure lived better times in the past. It was one of the ports used by the Spanish Crown to send the treasures from the “new world” and also witnessed the activities of pirate Henry Morgan. During the 18th century, the British managed to kick the Spaniards out and installed themselves at the city, and named the now more famous Portobello Road in London after this port.
However, the site is nowdays almost in ruins. The funds from both Spain and Unesco have not been well invested and all around the fortifications garbage can be found. The glorious days of Portobelo seem now to be forgotten, but one can easily imagine the fierce battles that once took place here.
HDR, Olympus E-410