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San Sebastián Castle stands at the far end of La Caleta beach, on a small island which, tradition has it, used to be home to the Temple of Chronos. The island isn't entirely detached from the mainland as there is a jetty joining the two.
The castle has a watchtower dating back to the Muslim period. During the 15th century, after a Venetian ship carrying the plague took refuge on the island, a retreat was built on the orders of San Sebastián. Following the English pillaging in the 16th century, the retreat was used as a castle. Work later began on the castle in 1706. The castle is irregular in shape, with no fewer than nine sides, and consists of parapets, recesses, two moats and a drawbridge. In 1908, what was to be the second electric lighthouse in Spain, stretching some 41m above sea level, was built on the foundations of the Muslim watchtower.

  • San Sebastián Castle , Spain
    San Sebastián Castle
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  • San Sebastián Castle , Spain
    San Sebastián Castle
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    San Sebastián Castle
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  • San Sebastián Castle , The Castle of San Sebastián , Spain
    The Castle of San Sebastián

    Built in the 18th century, the Castle of San Sebastián is located on a small island connected to the coast by an isthmus.

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  • San Sebastián Castle , Spain
    San Sebastián Castle
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    San Sebastián Castle
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