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    Picturesque and busy Casemates Square

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 4, 2009

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    Casemates Square view looking along the west side

    It was quite a nice surprise to emerge from the Landport Tunnel into the very historic looking Casemates Square! The houses in this part of Gibraltar were so damaged during the seige of 1727 that the British decided to raze them to the ground and replace them with a large square. Around its perimeter they built casemates, which are fortified enclosures (usually with an arched roof) to provide protection for the British garrison in the event of future attacks. As we stepped through Casemates Gate we just happened to be next door to the appealing looking Nelson Pub, so we stopped there for a sitdown and a drink before continuing onward (see my 'Restaurant' tip for further details).

    This is quite a popular spot for both tourists and locals, with a great variety of shops and restaurants located around the perimeter of the Square as they have taken over the old defensive positions. Preparations were being made for a big New Years Eve extravaganza later in the day. There also happened to be a Tourist Information office on the far side of the Square, so we were able to get some great information from them regarding what we should see and what sort of transport would be best (bus) given our short timeline in Gibraltar. This view of Casemates Square was taken as we headed further up the Rock to catch a bus.

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    Moorish Castle

    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 14, 2012

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    Moorish Castle

    The Moorish occupation was the longest in Gibraltar's History, lasting from 711 to 1309 and 1350 to 1462. It should be remember that the Moors started their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula from Gibraltar, coming over from North Africa.

    The Moorish Castle itself was rebuilt from prior fortifications. The present appearance dates from the early 14th century. it is to this day the largest castle keep and highest tower in the Iberian Peninsula

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    The Moorish Castle

    by easyoar Written Jan 14, 2005

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    The Moorish Castle - Gibraltar

    The Moors are Moslem Arabs who came over to Spain and Gibraltar from Africa. For a long time they possessed great amounts of land on the Iberian peninsula.

    Gibraltar was actually under Moorish possession for over 700 years for most of the time between 711 and 1462 (Spain briefly reconquered Gibraltar in the early 1300's).

    This castle was built during Moorish times, with the objective of being able to watch (and I guess help to control) the Straits of Gibraltar.

    Apparently this castle has the tallest keep and the tallest tower of any castle in the whole of Spain and Portugal. I find this a little surprising giver the quantity and size of the castles I have seen all over Spain (one of the regions in Spain is called Castilla - meaning Castle, due to the huge number of castles that exist there).

    I believe this castle is currently undergoing renovation to help repair many many years of neglect.

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    Moorish Castle

    by sugarpuff Updated Jul 16, 2007

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    Moorish Castle from the city centre

    As you approach Gibraltar from Spain, a great square tower is visible on the mountainside.This is The Tower of Homage, all that remains of the original Moorish Castle complex which once went all the way down to Casemates Square.It probably dates back to the early fourteenth century and battle scars of many a siege are visible.

    Moorish Castle is open to tourists, although it doesnt keep any naughty villains there anymore. You can however see what the surroundings would have been like if you had been so unfortunate to have been left there for a few years!This can be seen on your way down or up from or to The Great Siege Tunnels...incorporate them into one trip, its much easier!

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    Southport Gates

    by bugalugs Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    Southport Gates

    These gates form part of the old walls and fortifications that Gibraltar has had for hundreds of years under the various ones who ran the place at the time.
    The original gates were built in 1551 and some in 1883 these I think are part of the newer ones.

    It was around here also that a pirate called Barbarossa who attacked Gibraltar and captured many of its people to sell as slaves.

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    Parsons Lodge

    by bugalugs Written Oct 8, 2004

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    Parsons Lodge

    Parsons Lodge is at Camp Bay. It sits high on a hill overlooking the straits of Gibraltar. Below the Lodge is the only natural bay in Gibraltar and for that reason it was fortified.
    There are lots of underground tunnels at this Lodge.
    Open 10.00am - 7.00pm every day except Mondays.
    Admission is £2.00
    Children £1.00

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    Nelsons Anchorage

    by bugalugs Updated Oct 8, 2004

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    Nelsons Anchorage

    Nelsons Anchorage is the old port of Gibraltar, built by the Spanish in 1627 and also where Captain Nelson's body was brought ashore at Rosia Bay from his ship HMS Victory after the Battle of Trafalgar.Open 9.30 - 3.15pm Monday - Saturday
    Last entry 5.00pm
    Closed Sunday
    Admission £1.00
    (or included in the Nature Reserve Ticket)

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    Moorish Castle

    by bugalugs Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Moorish Castle

    This was closed when we visited due to subsidance and I think it was said that renovation was going to be carried out.. The building dates from the 11th century and was huge in its time as it extended all the way down to Castment Square.

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  • The Moorish Castle

    by GibJoe Written Apr 8, 2008

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    The Moorish Castle can be seen from a distance as you approach Gibraltar from Spain. This castle was built by the Moors in 1333, to replace a castle which existed on this site but had been badly damaged. The Gatehouse, walls and bastion surrounding the castle all date to this period. It was in the castle that Admiral Rooke hoisted the Union Jack when he captured the Rock in 1704.

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    Parson's Lodge

    by sugarpuff Updated Jul 16, 2007

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    "Parson's Lodge is a mini Gibraltar - a narrow limestone dorsal, running North-South, laced with a labyrinth of underground tunnels and surmounted by a seemingly impregnable battery, which has witnessed the development of coast artillery over the last three centuries.

    Rising 120' sheer above the sea, Parson's Lodge, is a most prominent of a series of batteries which surround Gibraltar's only natural anchorage - Rosia Bay. It was into this bay that HMS Victory was towed, with Lord Nelson's body on board, after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    The Moors, who occupied Gibraltar for 727 years and the Spaniards, who stayed for 266 years, were aware of the strategic importance of Parson's Lodge. The former built a wall shortly after 1333 and the latter improved it and recorded it in 1627.

    When the British arrived in 1704 it was clearly necessary to protect the anchorage immediately north of Parson's Lodge.

    Once housed three 18 ton ten inch rifled muzzle loaders. During the Second World War modern emplacements were added."

    The above is taken from http://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/tourism/parsons_lodge.htm

    1000hrs - 1700hrs Closed Mondays
    Admission: Adults 2 pounds, Children & OAPs 1 pound.

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    Prince Edward Gate

    by bugalugs Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Prince Edward Gate

    Around the city are the old walls. Here is one of the entrances which is called Prince Edward Gate, it is in the wall called Charles V. The gate was created in 1790 and it overlooks the Trafalgar Cemetary.Named after the father of Queen Victoria who was governor of Gibraltar from 1802-1820.

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    Prince Edward Gate

    by bugalugs Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Prince Edward Gate Plaque

    Alongside the gate are sentry boxes and also this plaque which says
    "God and the solider all men adore in time of trouble and no more, for when war is over and all things righted God is neglected and the old soldier slighted".

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    Nelsons Anchorage

    by freya_heaven Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    100 Ton Gun

    Nelsons Anchorage, is so called because it is where Nelsons body was brought ashore by HMS Victory, after the Battle of Trafalgar.

    There is a small military museum here with a 100 Ton Cannon Gun pointing out to see, made in Britian in 1870.

    Its Free to get in on a Sunday, but we wandered in on Thursday & there was no one to take out money

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    ~Tower of Homage~

    by freya_heaven Updated Mar 12, 2004

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    Moorish Castle

    If you do as we did and walk down the Rock, the Tower of Homage is the last attraction you come accross before you hit the suburban areas of Gibraltar.

    It is the only remaining part of the Muslim Castle built in 1333.

    There is nothing on the first few floors of the tower, but go up the steep steps to the top floor and you enter restored rooms, with great views. The tower itself is not very big.

    Nearly all of the Spanish and Arabic buildings were sadly destroyed during the Great Seige in 1779-1783.

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    Nelson's Anchorage

    by Airpunk Updated Jan 3, 2010

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    Nelson's Anchorage

    Nelson’s Anchorage is the old harbour which offers a magnificent view over the starit of Gibraltar. It was the place where the body of Admiral Nelson was brought onto land after the battle of Tranfalgar on board of his ship, the H.M.S. Victory. There’s not that much to see here, just a small exhibition and few remains of the historic harbour. If you come for the view only, just walk along Rosia bay. But if you like historical sites, this place may be worth a visit anyway. People interested in military history can combine Nelson’s Anchorage with a visit to the neighbouring 100 ton gun. Nelson’s anchorage includes an entry fee of 1.00 pounds (as of 2009). It is also included in the nature reserve comination ticket which also includes the mentioned 100 ton gun as well as includes St. Michael’s Caves, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish Castle and the City under Siege exhibition.

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