Spectacular views from this fortress located outside the city.

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Santa Cruz Fort

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The first fort here, on the highest point of Mount Santa Cruz, outside the city, was built by the Ottomans in order to keep an eye on the city and watch out for possible invasions. Later, when the Spaniards took the city and expelled the Ottomans, they used this bastion for the same purpose, but with a new building, constructed between 1577 and 1604; it is still possible to visit these remains although they are not the most recent. Following the Spanish ownership, the French then used this remote place as a sanatorium to cure patients suffering from a terrible cholera epidemic which hit the city in about 1850. The French did, however, build the chapel that you can see before you arrive at the fort itself, called Santuario de la Virgen de la Salud. Today it is the best place to look out over the city and its extensive coastline, providing an unrivalled viewpoint as evening falls.

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