The watchtowers, Cadiz
The towers were the first thing travellers saw when arriving sea, and Cádiz became famous all over the world thanks to its watchtowers.
The watchtowers of Cádiz (they were a total of 160, 126 nowadays) show a clear influence of North Africa. Generally watchtowers were used between the 18th and 20th centuries.
In the 18th every merchant decorated his house with a watchtower, thus evidencing their prosperity.
The beauty of Plaza de España is enhanced by a few watchtowers in background.
In the Plaza de España (Spain's square) you can find 2 typical buildings in one corner:
- One is called the House of the 5 watchtowers (left on the pic).
- The other is called the House of the 4 watchtowers (right on the pic, with red designs).
Both are very close to one another and give you a good opportunity to admire these towers, typical from Cadiz, used by the locals to watch for the coming vessels in the 18-19th centuries.
Most of other towers are located in narrow streets, so is difficult to see them from below...