THE MONUMENTAL COMPLEX OF THE ROYAL WALLS
The Monumental Complex of the Royal Walls was the borderline of ancient Ceuta. If you cross the Walls you will find the Royal Moat, navigable since the era of Portuguese rule. The oldest fortresses of the Walls are found to the east of this Moat: The Mallorquines Fortress (where the city’s tourist office is located) and the Fortresses of Bandera and Coraza Alta y su Caballero.
In olden days the Bridge of Christ connecting the Mallorquines Fortress and the Walls could be raised; at a certain time in the afternoon a cannonshot was fired to signal that it would be closed as a defence system, isolating the city from the outskirts. The most modern constructions are to the west of the Moat: Saint Peter’s Fortress with the Plaza de Santiago, the Valencian Front and Saint Anne’s Fortress, where the ancient horse grooms used to live.
It then opens up to the parade ground and Saint Paul’s Fortress, Saint Ignatius’ Ravelin and Saint Francis Xavier’s Counterguard enclose the complex. There are two audio visual shows about the history of the Walls and the city of Ceuta in the latter building and in Saint Paul’s Fortress, with free admission, along with a museum with travelling exhibitions in Saint Ignatius’ Ravelin.
POINT DE REPÈRE 1 DANS
NOTRE CARTE TOURISTIQUE
(Offices de tourisme)