Fortress castle of Santa Pola

Fortress castle of Santa Pola

Located in the Plaza Glorieta, the fortress was built in the 16th century in Renaissance style by the Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli.

Fortress castle of Santa Pola.

Located in the Plaza Glorieta, the fortress was built in the 16th century in Renaissance style by the Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli. Santa Pola, Alicante, Spain.

The castle of Santa Pola has become a multipurpose centre. In addition to being a heritage bastion of interest, it houses the Museum of the Sea and the Fishing Museum. Also, today it is a pretty active cultural centre, in which exhibitions, various shows, seminars, talks, activities of a festive, religious, institutional character take place.

The fortress has its origins in a commission from the Viceroy of Valéncia, Bernardino de Cárdenas, whose intention was to protect the population from the incursions and attacks of Berber pirates, very common on the coast at that time. It was erected as a square castle with two massive bastions and two towers, typical of the Renaissance military art. It has an interior courtyard with weapons and a cistern, the chapel of the Virgin of Loreto or a large function room.

Before being a cultural centre, and after its defensive function, the castle of Santa Pola became the seat of the City Council, Civil Guard barracks, Justice of the Peace, hospital and even an improvised bullring. Now, it is a perfect venue for representations of the festivities of Moors and Christians and other popular events.

The interior courtyard of the castle, once the meeting place for the defending troops of the city, currently houses temporary events such as fairs and markets, more typical of the patron saint festivities.


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