Castillo de San Cristobal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Castillo de San Cristóbal in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the first fortification of significance on the island of Tenerife and the main defensive building on Santa Cruz Bay.There remain only a few walls of the original building on display in an underground tunnel in the Plaza de España in the city. The central Castle Street is named after this fort.Under the administration of Gov. Álvarez de Fonseca, construction began in 1575 but it was the January 20, 1577 when it entered service. After the construction of the Plaza de España, the castle was buried under it for centuries.On June 28, 2006, during the refurbishment of the Plaza of Spain, some remains were later found to belong to the castle. At that time were taken precautionary and protective measures in order to ensure the preservation of the find. Today, the castle is a museum which houses the famous "Cañón Tigre", which shot a musketball to Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson's right arm, which fractured his humerus bone in multiple places on July 25, 1797, the reason why he had his arm amputated. Plan to visit Castillo de San Cristobal and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santa Cruz de Tenerife attractions using our Santa Cruz de Tenerife travel itinerary planner .
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  • Visited with friends,the exhibition is free and situated underground accessed by a flight of stairs,it gives a potted history of Tenerife and has ruins and cannons to peruse.  more »
  • Very nice corner, recovered a little history of santa cruz. The truth is that you love to see more. The entrance is free
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  • Interesting to know part of this fortress and its history, very well explained everything and above all very nice Canyon, highly recommended. It is worth stopping about 30 minutes to view this site.
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  • Well worth the visit if you can find its entrance very helpful receptionist
  • Hard to spot. You have to go down a set of stairs to access this museum. They've exposed the remains of the walls and have a very good museum on the life of the castle. Repelled British attacks throughout the years. I don't know if it can be proven, but they claim to have the cannon that injured Nelson, forcing him to have his arm amputated!
  • The remaining castle underground the plaza España, a small historical building with free entry
  • Shame they tore this thing down but it's a good thing they discovered the foundations and they've made an interesting (and free!) exhibit out of it. It's pretty cool to be able to see the cannon that shot Nelson's arm off.
  • Small museum, but free entry. Highlight is the cannon that (traditionally) injured Horatio Nelson's arm.
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