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Monday, April 18, 2011

Torre del Conde

The Torre del Conde (Count’s Tower) is a castellated fortification from the 15th Century in San Sebastián de la Gomera. It was constructed by the Count of La Gomera, Hernán Peraza (the elder), between 1447 and 1450.

The tower was probably only originally intended as a representation of manorial power, lacking modern armaments, but was nevertheless used as a refuge by the local nobility during the 1488 “Rebellion of the Gomerans”.

It is the only tower of it’s type from the time of the conquest of the Canary Islands that is still standing. It is used as the symbol of the San Sebastián town hall and is probably the most recognizable symbol of the island of La Gomera. It is also the most southerly known example of medieval (Gothic) construction.

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