La Mola and San Felipe Fortress

Built by the Spanish in the mid-19th century to ward off the Brits

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La Mola and San Felipe Fortress

Impressive engineering

La Mola Fortress was built by the Spanish crown between 1848 and 1875 to guard against a possible re-invasion by Great Britain, which remained interested in Minorca - after having ruled it for much of the 18th century - for its trade routes and as a hedge against France. One of the most advanced military fortifications of its day, the impressive complex has sections devoted to both land and sea defence. The former is of course the more interesting of the two, with various combat-ready fronts, while the sea section is built on massive cliffs. Another testament to how sought-after this island has been to various powers throughout history.

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