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Grand Casemates Square, Gibraltar

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Grand Casemates Square is the larger of the two main squares within the city centre of Gibraltar . The square takes its name from the British-built Grand Casemates, a casemate and bombproof barracks at the northern end of the square completed in 1817.Located at the northern end of Main Street, the square is lined with numerous pubs, bars and restaurants and acts as the gateway into Gibraltar's city centre for most tourists.HistoryGrand Casemates Square dates back to Gibraltar's Moorish period when the place was first fortified, making it as old as the city itself.Moorish periodThe square is built on sand that was once a beach. In May 1160 Moroccans sent by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min landed to lay the foundations of the first substantial settlement. This "City of Victory" (Medinat al-Fath) was small and included the area within the Moorish Castle and the land just below. It was this new ruler who changed the name of the rock to Jabal al-Fath meaning Mount of Conquest.This land was an intertidal zone used by the Muslims to beach their galleys. After the Siege of Gibraltar in 1309, Ferdinand IV of Castile gave orders that a galley house be built where his ships could be repaired. This house gradually sank into the sand over the next few centuries.
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  • Typical square - bit bland in our opinion and way too many pigeons and associated mess. The service in several of the bars was pretty rubbish. A bit of a tourist trap and to be avoided if at all possi...  more »
  • A good place to stop for a beverage, and the kicking off point for the high street shopping & bistros. 
  • A praça é cercada de restaurantes e cafés, e é um bom local para descansar e saborear um chocolate quente. 
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  • Nice place to start or finish a walk trough Gib's Main Street. Good range of places to eat and drink.
  • Very popular outdoor eating garden in Gibraltar. Rather overpriced . . . but everything in Gibraltar is overpriced. The food was good, the service was very quick. Would go back.
  • Good small shops in the arcade. Avoid the cafe's. Overpriced for food and drink.
  • This is one of my favourite places in Gibraltar. I really liked the vibe. Great for a nice meal on a hot summer's day.
  • It has nice views, but there's nothing more.