Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Arquitectura Militar. Fortificaciones -

The Almeyda or Almeida Barracks, located the battery north of the city of Santa Cruz, on a small plateau above sea level with respect to Anaga Avenue, formed, together with San Carlos and the Castillo de San Crist bal, the most important military unit in the city.
The building will begin at the end of 1858, under the project of the military Salvador Clavijo and Plo, but due to different difficulties, it could not be completed until almost into the twentieth century.

It is located in the vicinity of the Barrio de El Toscal, on land that they called u2018Los Melones u2019, and why they crossed different ravines, and the beginning of what was called San Antonio Beach, currently missing.

The set includes three more buildings within its perimeter: a building located east of the main building on one floor and on whose upper esplanade a battery was built; to the north another embrassed front and three two-story casemates; and finally, to the west three casemates of a single plant and in the goal of the barracks.

Cuartel de Almeyda

The marked style of the romantic classicism that the simple lines of the facade draw as well as the decoration of the barracks, denotes the clear influence of Manuel de Ora on the major master of military works, Domingo Sicilia.

The structure of the building is drawn in the shape of a closed horseshoe, where the main facade is located. It has two floors where the different openings are distributed throughout the perimeter of the building making a total of 13 windows and a main door.

The main port is flanked by two balustrades that indicate access to the entrance. Jambs ace conformed by cave to white carved dovelas. The windows have irregularly shaped stone alfiz.

On the upper floor, the pipes are located and in the lower part of the building the loopholes, all of them made of white stone stone.
At the top of the building as a coronation, we find a cordon of basic stone, on which the parapet of the battery is placed high.

A stone also surrounds the entire perimeter of the building.
Inside, the great country stands out in a semi-circular way and with an atrium on both floors.

Cuartel de Almeyda

MUNICIPALITY Santa Cruz de Tenerife

AREA Centro-Ifara District

ADDRESS N Calle San Isidro, 2

Cuartel de Almeyda


Degree of protection: Integral.

PGO Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Cuartel de Almeyda

- General Plan of Management of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Vol. 3 Volume 3.2.1-3, file n. 18.

- 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

Cuartel de Almeyda
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