CASTILLO DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Arquitectura Militar. Fortificaciones -




The Defensive Coastal Tower of San Juan Bautista, known as Castillo de San Juan or Castillo Negro, was the second most important fortress in the defense of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In the seventeenth century, during the attack of the English squadron to Cdiz, at the initiative of the Captain General D. Francisco Gonz lez de And a it was agreed with the island council or the construction of a fortification in the vicinity of Caleta of the Blacks.

Every year in the month of July the Recreation of the Gesta of July 25 takes place around this castle, which commemorates the failed attempt of British admiral Horatio Nelson to invade the city and the archipelago lake



Castillo de San Juan Bautista

This fortification with a characteristic circular shape, is located in a small land taken to the sea, next to the Timo Maritime Park of the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

On the upper floor there is an esplanade on whose parapet open the embrasures towards the sea and a large wall of masonry and wood.

Access to it is done through a drawbridge, which is located on a small pit between the earth and the castle.

Inside, a staircase gives access to the upper esplanade, leaving behind two vaulted rooms on both sides of the building, and a third as the auction.

In the upper part there are two checkpoints made of mamposter a.



Castillo de San Juan Bautista

MUNICIPALITY Santa Cruz de Tenerife

AREA Health District-La Salle

ADDRESS Avenida de la Constitucion, s / n



Castillo de San Juan Bautista

Delimited by Decree 83/2003, of May 12.

Degree of Protection: Integral.

BIC Monument and BIC Monument Environment 18. PGO Santa Cruz de Tenerife.



Castillo de San Juan Bautista

- General Plan of Management of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Vol. 3 Volume 3.2.1-3, file n. 734

- DARIAS PR NCIPE, A. (2004). u2018Santa Cruz de Tenerife. City, Architecture and Historical Memory 1500-1981 u2019, volume I. Edits City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


Editorial and research team: Architecture Unit of the CICOP Foundation.
Miguel ngel Fern ndez Matr n.
Jos Luis D will read Mart nez.
Armiche lvarez P rez.
Sendy Hern ndez lvarez.

Photograph: Jos M. Bossini Ruiz.



Castillo de San Juan Bautista
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