San Sebastián Fortress

Cádiz, Spain

San Sebastián is a fortress located in Cádiz, at the end of La Caleta beach on a small island separated from the main city.

According to the classical tradition of the location of the fortress, there was a Temple of Kronos, a Titan of the Greek gods, the father of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter and Hera. In 1457, a chapel on the island was raised by a Venetian boat crew recovering from the plague. In 1706, a castle was constructed, which resulted in a fortified enclosure of an irregular plane. It defended the northern flank of the city from attack. At the base of the lighthouse was a watchtower from the Muslim period. The lighthouse has an iron structure designed by Rafael de la Cerda in 1908 and is the second electric powered lighthouse in Spain. The tower rises to 41 meters above the sea.

In 1811 the Maltese navy arrived with the famous POW/rebel Junta of Buenos Aires, Juan Bautista Azopardo. He was housed in the fortress until 1815, when they suspected a leak and transferred him to the military prison in Ceuta.

In 1860, a levee was built to serve as a link between the island and the city. On June 25 of 1985, Castillo de San Sebastian was declared a cultural landmark.

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Founded: 1706
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Ameed Abu Ghazal (6 months ago)
Although the road to the castle is very nice in the morning and at sunset, but it is permanently closed so you can't actually enter the castle!
voyage2live IG (7 months ago)
Nice view , basic beach, cool place to jump into the water
veerappan (8 months ago)
Nice place, feels like the end of the world.
Trinh Pham Le Viet (8 months ago)
Cadiz carnival is veryyy great and full of traditional fun songs written by local people
Miftachul Anisah (9 months ago)
Love this place a lot, especially when the sun start to set down.. amazing. Hope can visit this place again this year..
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