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Friday, 1 March 2019

San Cristóbal Castle

Cañón Tigre on display in the San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation Centre
The Cañón Tigre was decisive in the defeat of the English admiral
Horatio Nelson in his attempt to invade Tenerife in 1797

Underneath the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and marked by the black lines that can be seen in the lake from above, are the ruins of the Castillo de San Cristóbal (Castle of San Cristóbal). Portions of the castle ruins were uncovered during the refurbishment of the plaza carried out by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2006 and these ruins are now open to the public via The San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation CentreReading that the centre was to be closed during carnival, we made this our first port of call on this trip.

You don't need to be in the city long before you realise that 25 July is a very important date!

The whole centre is nicely done with information on various historical attacks on the city - not just the English ones, although that always figures strongly in any history of the city and here is no exception - with good English translations.

Remains of the castle walls below ground - Enrique Castrillo Núñez [CC BY-SA 2.5 es]

The shopping street, Calle del Castillo, is named after this fortification that was constructed under the administration of the first Governor of Tenerife, Juan Álvarez de Fonseca, with work begun in 1575. The natural expansion process of the city, together with new military tactics, plunged the building into conditions of degradation that ended with the demolition of the fort in 1928

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