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Government restores the Grand Battery – 843/2019

By December 2, 2019 No Comments

The Government has continued to work on Grand Battery as part of the policy of restoration and investment in our important historic sites.

The Grand Battery is one of Gibraltar’s key military monuments which formed part of Gibraltar’s Northern Defences.

Together with the Kings and Queens Lines, these defences are impressive for any visitor to behold and is testament of the ingenuity of its creators over the centuries where architectural elements from several periods of occupation are evident.

The first phase of the works included the removal of a World War Two blast wall, which exposed a series of eighteenth century fire steps hidden behind it along the northern defensive wall.

The proposed works will continue to focus on the repairs and reconstruction of those damaged and missing fire steps.

Balustrades will be added along specific areas and any trees which are damaging the monument will be pruned or removed to expose the true scale of this defensive platform.

Given that the site is right next to Casemates Square, the area once cleared, will provide the perfect site for the exhibition to the public of some of Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s own artillery pieces.

Commenting on the matter, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said:

“I was delighted to visit the site and to be briefed on the ongoing works by the Project Manager Carl Viagas. This was an area that we have been tackling at the same time as works on the Northern Defences have progressed. It is all a huge project which will see the restoration of the network of defensive structures that protected Gibraltar for centuries against a land attack from the north.”