Torre del Fraile

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Friar Tower
Native name
Spanish: Torre del Fraile
Torre del Fraile noroeste (1).JPG
the remains of the Torre del Fraile
Location Algeciras, Spain
Coordinates 36°03′27″N 5°27′10″W / 36.05746°N 5.45265°W / 36.05746; -5.45265Coordinates: 36°03′27″N 5°27′10″W / 36.05746°N 5.45265°W / 36.05746; -5.45265
Built 1588
Architect Luis Bravo de Acuña and Juan Pedro Laguna
Official name: Torre del Fraile
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Torre del Fraile is located in Province of Cádiz
Torre del Fraile
Location of Friar Tower in Province of Cádiz
Torre del Fraile is located in Spain
Torre del Fraile
Torre del Fraile (Spain)

The Torre del Fraile (Tower Canutos or Friar Tower) is one of a set of military watchtowers built around the South and East coast of Spain to keep an eye on passing shipping and Barbary pirates. The watchtowers were in sight of one another and it was therefore possible to get a signal to Gibraltar from the watchtower in Tarifa. The tower was designed by Luis Bravo and Juan Pedro Laguna in 1588.

The tower is about 240 metres back from the sea and Cala Arenas and 120 metres above it.[1] The tower is over six metres in diameter and was over thirteen metres high until the top collapsed in 2006 with the loss of a window and the upper staircase. The tower's entrance was over five metres in the air and this led onto a floor. From this the soldiers could climb to the top where space was reserved for firewood for signalling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gurriarán Daza, Pedro (2009). "La torre del Fraile, la última atalaya algecireña del siglo XVI" (PDF) (39). Almoraima.