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    COVENT GUARD HOUSE

    by draguza Written Jul 2, 2013

    Pictured is the guardhouse at the top end of the main shopping street.

    Opposite the guardhouse is the Convent. It has been the official residency of the Governors of Gibraltar since 1728. It was once a convent of Franciscan Friars, hence its name. The changing of the guard takes place here by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.


    Pictured below is one of a pair of heavy brass canons that stand near the Guardhouse. Most visitors have their photograph taken here.

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    Old Police Barracks

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Feb 1, 2013

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    As if time had left them alone the Police Barracks come to you while taking a side street in Gibraltar.

    The Gibraltar Police Force now known as the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) are the oldest police force in the British Commonwealth. Their history dates back to 1830 just a few months after the Metropolitan Police were established by Sir Robert Peel.

    These barracks sit as a testament to this early organization. It appears that some of the barracks are inhabitated either as apartments or by homesteaders.

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    Great Siege Tunnels

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Feb 1, 2013

    Gibraltar because of its strategic location has been frequently under attack over the centuries.

    In 1779 the British state of Gibraltar was under attack from both Spain and France. General Eliot the Governor of Gibraltar was said to offer a substantial reward to anyone who could find a way to defend the area using the north face of the rock which is also called, "the notch." Responding to the idea, a Sergeant Ince suggested that it could be accomplished through tunneling. So using a combination of sledgehammers, gunpowder and other tools the men developed an eighty foot long tunnel that allowed for cannon to be mounted overlooking the notch.

    Over the years the tunnels were expanded greatly and by the end of World War 2 there were more than thirty miles of tunnels throughout the rock.

    Today, as you walk some of the tunnels you will find that they are very long, usually move down hill and seem to traverse from one side of the rock to the other.

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    Great Siege Tunnels

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Feb 1, 2013

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    Gibraltar because of its strategic location has been frequently under attack over the centuries.

    In 1779 the British state of Gibraltar was under attack from both Spain and France. General Eliot the Governor of Gibraltar was said to offer a substantial reward to anyone who could find a way to defend the area using the north face of the rock which is also called, "the notch." Responding to the idea, a Sergeant Ince suggested that it could be accomplished through tunneling. So using a combination of sledgehammers, gunpowder and other tools the men developed an eighty foot long tunnel that allowed for cannon to be mounted overlooking the notch.

    Over the years the tunnels were expanded greatly and by the end of World War 2 there were more than thirty miles of tunnels throughout the rock.

    Today, as you walk some of the tunnels you will find that they are very long, usually move down hill and seem to traverse from one side of the rock to the other.

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    Ten + ideas for things to do in Gib

    by katepj Written Mar 31, 2012

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    Other places to visit incidentally:

    Europa Point (bus number 2 takes you there)
    100 ton gun at Rosia (bus 3/4) although the walk is easy enough
    The marinas - Ocean Village is more flashy, Queensway is more calm and serene
    We have a museum just off the main street
    There are often exhibitions on at Casemates or John Mack Hall
    If you are interested in history there are a lot of old military fortifications
    Wandering the old town between Main Street and The Rock is always good for a walk
    The Moorish Castle/Tower of Homage
    On the Upper Rock there is St Michael's Cave and the Siege Tunnels (not sure of name actually!)
    The Alameda Botanical Gardens (next to the cable car)
    A trip in the cable car itself
    Trafalgar Cemetery

    Do see if you can get chance to read up on the history because knowing something about the history makes a visit to Gib so much more rewarding

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    Write a postcard

    by yumyum Updated Apr 14, 2011

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    The post office as well as the special gift shop next door are located in Main Street. Please note if you plan to buy stamps that you need GBP!!! I fortunately had GBP, so there was no problem in buying stamps but a German lady trying to pay in Euro had no chance whatsoever. Lucky for her, I was helping her out.

    In April 2011 a stamp to Europe cost 44 p and to the US 51 p.

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    See Dolphins

    by Kettleman Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The bay around Gibraltar is the home and feeding area for dolphins.

    You can take a boat trip but generally anywhere to the south of the rock you can see them in bay, you will need binoculars though. A boat will get you nearer to them.

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    The Siege Tunnels

    by Kettleman Updated Apr 4, 2011

    ”The labyrinth of tunnels inside the Rock of Gibraltar known as the Great Siege Tunnels is perhaps the most ingenious defence system devised by man”, so says the official website.

    I found the trip to be fascinating inside the rock in the tunnels and seeing the places where the defenders lived and fought. Even with the rudimentary lighting it must have been a dark place to live.

    I'd thoroughly recommend a visit. As for the most ingenious, a similar system exists at Dover Castle near where I live in England.

    As I didn't have a camera with me, I have "borrowed" a picture from the official website - linked below.

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    Dolphin Safari

    by africaking Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dolphin safari's, sound rather strange? Not really, basicly it's your average safari but on water. There are a few companies that do this in Gibraltar, about three at Marina bay area.

    What is it, you ask? Well basicly you go on a boat that takes you out into the bay and you see the dolphins in their own habitat (yes, the water)

    May not sound too exciting the way I have explained it, but believe me you will not want to miss it.

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    Views from Gibraltar

    by Danalia Updated Jan 5, 2011

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    If you are in Gibraltar, go visit the
    1) Almeda Gardens (next to the cable car station)
    2)Bird watching
    3) The apes
    4) Take a look at the famous clif
    5)Check the "Europa Point" which is the furthest point away from the frontier and only 15½ miles from Africa.

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    Rock Tour - cave, tunnel, monkey

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jan 10, 2010

    We wanted to go on the cable car but as the winds were too strong we could not.
    We therefore paid for a Rock Tour which was (April 2008) 12 Euros per person (including our 8 year old) with our 6 year old going free. This price included our entrance fees.

    We were happy with our guide who was most chatty and informative but otherwise, when I say 'tour' I mean that they drive you to each attraction (The Pillars of Hercules, The Great Seige Tunnels, St. Michael's Caves & finally the top where the Barbary Macaques hang out).

    To be honest, I wouldn't want to walk up - it is a long way up... and bringing your car is not an option so, the guides have it pretty much sewn up. Thus much said, when you take into account our entrance fees to the caves and the tunnels (nothing else on the tour has a fee) were part of the cost, it is not too bad...

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    Gibraltar's Alameda Botanical Gardens

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jan 10, 2010

    The botanical gardens were founded in 1816 by Governor of Gibraltar General George Don to provide a recreational place for the residents of Gibraltar.
    In the 1970s the gradens fell into a state of disrepair.
    June 1991 saw the commencement of restoration work for the gardens which are now open and fully and freely enjoyed by the general public.

    The gardens are most pleasurable to wander around, especially seeing as they are located close to the cable car office and to where many Rock tours (by car) start.

    The gardens host many succulents from around the world, including the Quiver Tree found only in Namarqualand region of South Africa and the Karas region of Namibia

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    St. Michael's Cave

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jan 10, 2010

    Am I allowed to say this is one of the most boring, uninteresting caves I have ever visited (and for some reason I seem to have been to a lot!)?

    It is part of the tour of the Rock package so you will get thrown out here and, may as well have a mooch about the place. Receiving 1,000,000 visitors a year I can only assume it to be the fault of the tours - surely nobody would actually make a special journey here??

    FACTS : It is limestone and was created (which is impressive) by rainwater turned carbonic acid.
    Prehistoric man used this cave and apparently there is some cave art but, if that is availbale for the general public to see it was totally lost on me. The Victorians used it for parties and in WWII it was used as an emergency hospital.

    The 'Cathedral Cave' is used nowdays as an auditorium.

    There are guided tours of the lower caves (persons over 10 years only) and perhaps it is on these tours that the caves show their wonder??

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    The Pillars of Hercules & the Straits

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jan 10, 2010

    To the north of the entrance of the Atlantic Ocean is the Rock of Gibraltar and to the south is the Moroccan Jebel Musa. The Straights are just 14 km wide

    As per the Romans adaptation of Peisander's poem, Hercules had to cross the Atlas Mountains. Rather than climbing over them he stamped his foot thus creating the Strait / a passageway between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Pillars where then fixed on the Rock of Gibraltar (and also on a hill overlooking Ceuta, Morocco). The actual science behind the Straights is - the Mediterranean Sea got cut off from all water supply. It continued over thousands of years to evaporate, but was never replensihed. Eventually it was entirely evaporated and a desert. It stayed this way for quite sometime until at last the rivers that desperately wanted to feed it burst through the rocks and a waterfall one hundred times the size of Victoria Falls was created. It took a century for the sea to refill. Interestingly enough it is shallower than the Atlantic. And here endith your lesson!!!!

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    Great Seige Tunnels

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jan 10, 2010

    The Great Seige was an unsuccessful attempt by the Spanish and the Frenh to capture Gibraltar from the British.

    In the spring of 1783 after 3 years and 7 months of conflict, Spaini and France retreated.

    It is possible to wander a few of the tunnels, there are explanative texts and a few exhibits but it is not too exciting. It is, however, part of The Rock tour. You will be taken there and it is included in your tour price so you may as well go and look!

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