Saint Gabriel Castle

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Castle Saint Gabriel
Saint Gabriel Castle
It is located near the mouth of the Calle Leon y Castillo, sits on the largest islet of the coast that bathes the capital
 
of the island and this islet hold Pier Reef, Balls Bridge and Castle San Gabriel. This is one of the most important monuments of Arrecife and is fully integrated into the sea, is a historic-artistic. The Castle, kept in excellent condition, is a vestige of its past.
Its construction goes back to 1571, work done by the military architect Gaspar de Salcedo to plan the castle as a defense of the port of Castillo San GabrielArrecife the attack on the pirate island.
In 1576 the castle came into service, but ten years after the invasion occurs Algerian Pirate Morato Arráez seizing the fortress and then subjecting it to heat and charring its wooden structure. In 1666 it was rebuilt and began to be called Castillo de San Gabriel.
In 1777 it built the Bridge of the balls leaving the way in which it is known today. In 1972 the Archaeological Museum is inaugurated as the Army after military purchase by the city of Arrecife.

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