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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  • Excellent small exhibit. Very interesting with full English translation. Explains the history of the Island and it's link with Nelson. Small Archeological ruin to see.  more »
  • A small museum that sheds lights on the history of Tenerife. See the cannon that took General Horatio Nelson's arm and part of the defensive wall of castle San Cristobal. Multi-lingual explanations av...  more »
  • You can't miss it while in P. de Spain, so go see it. You won't be disappointed. It dates back hundreds of years and was an integral part of SC security. Also affords beautiful views of the ocean.  more »
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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.
  • Beautiful place.
  • Nothing special
  • It is a center of interpretation with free entrance, where you can see the remains of the walls of the Castle, informational videos, photographs and the jewel of the place is the Tiger cannon used to repel the English invasion of Admiral Nelson of the year 1797. A recommended visit that will not take you more than 1 hour.
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