"Castillo de San Marcos" Cadiz Province: towns and villages Tip by Bwana_Brown

  Castle of San Marcos from Plaza de Alfonso X
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  • Castle of San Marcos from Plaza de Alfonso X - Cadiz
      Castle of San Marcos from Plaza de Alfonso X
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  • Locals greet us as we approach the walls - Cadiz
      Locals greet us as we approach the walls
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  • Knock, knock - anyone home? - Cadiz
      Knock, knock - anyone home?
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  • Another view of the former minaret of a mosque - Cadiz
      Another view of the former minaret of a mosque
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Very close to the waterfront, we soon encountered Castillo de San Marcos - one of the city's main tourist attractions. I stopped for a photo as we approached for a closer look (2nd photo) and four of the locals who were sitting there beside the walls gave me a wave when they realized they would be part of the scene.

This relic actually began life as a mosque in the 900s when Spain was under Moorish rule but was converted to a Christian church following the conquest of this part of Spain by King Alfonso X between 1257-1260. Because of its location on the coast of this important bay used by the Spanish fleet, it was later modified in ~1270 to become a fortress as well as a church, leading to it being referred to as a 'castle' What you see today are the result of extensive modern day renovations to the Gothic style main watch-tower and the eight defensive towers around its walls.

I reached up to try the knocker on its main gate (3rd photo) but was not able to get a response from within, so we continued our circular walk back to the ferry terminal because the time for departure was drawing near.

Directions: Just a couple of blocks inland from the ferry terminal

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2009
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