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Sant Felip Castle stands on the southern side of the entrance to Maó harbour and was built in the mid-16th century in a layout designed by Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Calvi. Over the course of successive British occupations the castle was extended until the Spanish siege in 1782 forced the British to surrender and Spain recovered sovereignty over the island under the Treaty of Amiens. The castle was then demolished on the orders of King Carlos III. Castle of Sant Felip Sant Felip Castle stands on the southern side of the entrance to Maó harbour and was built in the mid-16th century designed by Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Calvi. Over the course of successive British occupations the castle was extended until the Spanish siege in 1782 forced the British to surrender and Spain recovered sovereignty over the island under the Treaty of Amiens. The castle was then demolished on the orders of King Carlos III. Read more
 

Castle of Sant Felip

Sant Felip Castle stands on the southern side of the entrance to Maó harbour and was built in the mid-16th century designed by Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Calvi. Over the course of successive British occupations the castle was extended until the Spanish siege in 1782 forced the British to surrender and Spain recovered sovereignty over the island under the Treaty of Amiens. The castle was then demolished on the orders of King Carlos III.


Remains of the castle still survive on the surface, but the most impressive sights are to be found underneath the site, where several levels of underground passageways were dug by the Spanish and British over the course of various occupations.
For Menorca, the castle is more than an old fortress, as it bears witness to nearly two and a half centuries of turbulent history. Visitors can gain great insight into the scale of human endeavour undertaken in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to produce this extensive labyrinth of underground galleries, where three thousand English soldiers and civilians took refuge for six months during the Spanish conquest of 1782.
Its location on the south shorei of the entrance to Maó harbour gives Sant Felip Castle a commanding position over this wide bay, which was a strategic link in Spanish communications with Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries, and later a British naval stronghold supporting Gibraltar.

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Location: Sant Felip road
Town: Es Castell
Owned by: Ministry of Defence
Managed by: Consorcio del Museo Militar de Menorca y Patrimonio Histórico Militar (Consortium of the Military Museum of Menorca and Historic Military Heritage)
Telephone: 971 362 100
Website: www.museomilitarmenorca.com
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Hours: OPEN TO VISITORS

 
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