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.
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  • June 6, 2017
    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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  • May 27, 2017
    Near the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz de Tenerife you can admire the remains of the Castillo de San Cristobal, went down to a few steps and we had such a well made and interesting exhibition that tells the story of the Castle, and then in the city, you can also see some parts of the foundations of the Castle as well as a cannon and other remains. Visit interesting.
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  • April 4, 2017
    In the Centre of the city, a small and very interesting permanent exhibition of the history of the city, the war with the British. No one imagines that there await cannons and other remnants of the old fortification of the city. Because not everything is Beach, it is worth.
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  • 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.
  • A great place in the world!
  • Nice
  • Beautiful place.

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