Lazareto of Mahón

Mahón, Spain

In 1787, in the Count of Floridablanca of Charles III of Spain, the Prime Minister gave the order for the construction of such a quarantine station or Lazareto in the Harbour of Mahón. However, the work did not begin until 1793 when the stone from the ruined fortress was put to good use and ferried across the harbour by boat to be recycled and used for much of the construction of the quarantine station. This work was then interrupted by the third British occupation of 1798-1802, but completed in 1807. The Lazareto was finally opened in 1817 and was in full use until 1917.

The historic islet of Lazareto in Mahon Harbour is today open to the pubic for guided tours from mid-July to mid-October.

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Founded: 1793
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