Half Day (Duration 03hrs.30mins. approx.)
Price from: 40.00 euros
On this walking tour you will visit A Coruña´s important monuments starting by climbing the stairs to the top of the tower of Hercules. The tower is in fact the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world that's still in use, and it's originally built in the 1st century during the time of the Emperor Trajano. Over the centuries it has been repeatedly modernized and the lighthouse is in working order. It was built by the Lusitanian Cayo Sergio Lupo, restored in 1682 and again between 1788 and 1790 by the architect Giannini. It is the only Roman lighthouse in working order and its image appears on the city´s coat of arms. The tower has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
Then after this we will visit another important landmark of the city is the Castillo de San Antón (San Anton Castle), this 16th century castle is a fortress restored and rebuilt over the centuries. It is located on a small island and is artificially connected to the mainland. The present castle dates back to 1779. Together with the Castillo de San Diego which is situated on the opposite side of the bay they protected the entrance to the harbour. The Archaeological Museum is housed here.
The Maria Pita square is probably A Coruna's main city plaza and takes its name from the town's heroine, Maria Pita terraced buildings on Maria Pita plaza
Maria Pita herself came to notoriety as a result of her role in Sir Francis Drake's attack on A Coruna in 1589 and she is credited with playing a critical part in reducing the losses of the Corunans during this assault, since she defended Coruña, northern Spain, against an English attack upon the Spanish mainland. María Pita was assisting her husband, an army captain manning the defenses, when he was killed by a crossbow bolt that struck him in the head. An English soldier with a banner, who was making his way to the highest part of the wall, was killed by Pita. She appeared on the heights of the wall herself, shouting: Quen teña honra, que me siga ("Whoever has honour, follow me!") whereupon the English incursion was driven back by the defenders. She encouraged everyone in the city, including kids and women to help the men in order to defend their city and gathering forces and thus they avoided the English invasion. She is, for the aforementioned reasons, considered as the heroine of the city. was a Galician heroine
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