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Bena Vista

Costa del Sol, Spain

Unearth Gibraltar's History

Posted by Luci Ackers on Apr 29, 2016
Unearth Gibraltar's History

Gibraltar sits between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Being so strategically well placed on its spit of land at the base of the Iberian Peninsular, the area has seen its fair share of occupants and has a long, interesting history...

The Gibraltar museum, which is located centrally, on Bomb House Lane, covers a range of aspects of the town's history and natural history. So if you're interested in finding out more, it's certainly worth stopping by. Entrance is £2, and the experience kicks off with an informative short film outlining the geography and heritage of the area.

There are a number of exhibition rooms including one dedicated to the Great Siege of Gibraltar which took place late in the 18th century. An art gallery displays works of Gustavo Bacarisas, and a cave room has some of the prehistoric discoveries from the famous Rock of Gibraltar. The Rock's formation has always interested visitors and areas of the museum focus on the geology of Gibraltar to help you appreciate the natural history all the more.

One of the reasons the museum was placed in this location is because it has been built on the site of well-preserved Moorish Baths and they are accessible to view from the basement. If you still want more, and you're interested in seeing some of the Rock's history up close, a visit to the Great Siege Tunnels afterwards would round off the day nicely. Carved out of the rock itself, this labyrinthine defence system is an incredible view into the military world of 18th century Gibraltar.

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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