Archive for May 8th, 2008


Saint Cristopher´s Castle

May 8, 2008
Panasonic LX2, f8, 6seconds, 6,7mm, iso100, B&W JPEG processed in PS

When the Canary Islands were conquered by the spaniards, in the XV century, the first thing they did was to construct a couple of castles on the coastline of the capital to protect it from marine invasions (obviously, a conquer of an island in the fifteenth century could only be marine…). Today, the single idea of defending an island with this little castles makes one smile…

This particular castle, Saint Cristopher´s was built in 1577, and reconstructed in 1638 after it participated in the defense of the island from the attacks of Francis Drake in 1595 and Pieter Van Der Does in 1599. It continued to have a military character untill 1878, when it was finally disarmed..

This is one of the oldest monuments of our island, and one that is intimately united to our history. Having been named heritage of our people, it remains basically forgotten, and is just one more part of our coastal landscape. You can only walk to the castle when the tide is low. Yesterday, for the first time in my 37 years I walked to the castle and touched it, and dedicated a thought to the men that one day, long ago, far away from home, builded a castle that was to remain as a silent witness for over four centuries..