Castillo de San Sebastian, Cadiz

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The Castle of San Sebastián is a fortress located in Cádiz, Spain, at the end of La Caleta beach on a small island separated from the main city. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1993.HistoryAccording 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.Interestingly, 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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  • Having seen that the castle is not open to the public it was still worthwhile walking the length of the promontory for the views of the beach, coast and the city.  more »
  • That's what the visitor is going to find. The fortress is very attractive, but since you can't cover or eat you've been relegated to the background while 4 administrations throw it at each other. It is a fortress to the use of those of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, located in a vestigial rock of the old island of Kontinussa, with a boat-shaped plant, was part of the northern closure of the Bay of Cadiz. The road that links it with land is collapsed in several places and fenced. The cover is collected and with that aura of leaving to the sea. But that's what you're going to see because of casamatas, yard of arms, advanced zero; is platen. The interior was reformed back in 2010 to celebrate the bicentenary of the constitution and be able to abandon it later. In short right now the best you can see of it is the skyline at sunset from the cove. A pity something so important turned into a political derelict.
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  • Great walk along the causeway with plenty of swimming spots along the wall and rocks, plus one or two little beaches. The castle itself was closed when we were there and looked like it had been for some time. Very picturesque and worth the walk out for the views of Cadiz.
  • Would have been nice if there was mention that it's closed at the beginning of the long walk - even Google says "open now"!
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