Es Castell

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Es Castell
Municipality
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Flag of Es Castell
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Coat of arms of Es Castell
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Es Castell is located in Spain
Es Castell
Es Castell
Location in Spain
Es Castell is located in Balearic Islands
Es Castell
Es Castell
Location in Balearic Islands
Coordinates: 39°52′49″N 4°17′27″E / 39.88028°N 4.29083°E / 39.88028; 4.29083
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Balearic Islands
Province Balearic Islands
Island Minorca
Government
 • Mayor Josep Lluís Camps Pons (PP)
Area
 • Total 11.6 km2 (4.5 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 7,962
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 07720
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 971 (Baleares)
Website Town Hall

Es Castell (Spanish: Villacarlos) is a small municipality in eastern Minorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain. The town was founded in 1771 by British Col. Patrick Mackellar and was originally called Georgetown in honour of King George III, however it takes its current name from the large fort nearby, known to the British as St. Philip's Castle. Col. Patrick MacKellar (Argyllshire 1717-1778) was the chief engineer of Minorca and his house today is known as Son Granot. Es Castell celebrates its Foundation Day on 1 June with 18th-century themed festivities, in which the Municipality itself, St. Philip's Castle Foundation, Son Granot and other institutions participate.

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Coordinates: 39°52′43″N 4°17′24″E / 39.87861°N 4.29000°E / 39.87861; 4.29000