"Castillo de Guanapay" Isla de Lanzarote Things to Do Tip by Twan
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The fortress that stands at the top of Guanapay volcano is the result of a series of architectural changes which started in the middle of the 15th century when Agustín de Herrera y Rojas decided to build an impenetrable fortress against the constant attacks upon Lanazrote at the hands of pirates.
However, the castle not only served as a vantage point from which to scan the sea in search of danger, but also as a refuge for the local population and as a jail for prisoners. Santa Bárbara Castle was built upon the foundations of Lancelotto Malocello’s building constructed at the beginning of the 14th century. It was in around 1571 when Gaspar de Salcedo added the two towers which completed its rhomboid shape.
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