Fortaleza do Castro
Near Vigo in Spain
One of the walls of Fortress
|Built by||Engineer Colonel Fernando de Gourannanbergue|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Vigo Bay, Peninsular War|
The defensive system of the city consisted in Castro and San Sebastián fortress and the city wall (now disappear). The city wall had an irregular structure because of the orography, it was constructed by the Engineer Colonel Fernando de Gourannanbergue and the Field Master Diego Arias Taboada to unify the two fortresses. Despite of this effort to provide security to the city, Documents from that time say that this defensive system was not so effective because it can not stop landings.
In 1809 the fortress was occupied by the French army during Peninsular War; on 28 March that year the fortress was reconquered after a heroic battle by people of Vigo themselves, because of this battle the city won the title of "Faithful, Loyal and Courageous".
Nowadays this fortress is one of the preferred sites for people to take a walk in Vigo, because his beautiful gardens, open spaces, fonts and also the privileged views.