Castillo de San Cristobal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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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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  • For if the place is small and the visit is fast, but for a free place you can't ask for more. You can observe the cannon called "el tigre" famous for having sliced his arm to Commander Nelson in battle and the few remaining foundations of the Castle since it was destroyed to build above the square ... such a shame
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  • San Cristobal Castle, rescued in the works of the plaza of Spain. It is in the basement of this square, free admission. In the remains of the wall of the era with ancient defence, and canyons known tiger Cannon which made Admiral Nelson lost an arm, and thus not achieved the conquest of the square.
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  • Totally recommended the guided visit to the ruins of the old Castle of San Cristobal, instrumental in the defense of the city in the 16th century. Although small, the contents of the museum well deserves your visit.
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