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Castillo de La Luz, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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This is the first fortress raised in Gran Canaria to defend the inhabitants from pirate attacks. The Fortaleza de la Luz (Fortress of Light), as it was first called, was built between 1550 and 1552, and was, during many years, the only defense the city had against historic pirates such as Sir Francis Drake, the Dutch Van der Does (who took the fortress and destroyed it in 1599, leaving it quite damaged) and Morgan. The layout is simple, with two cylindrical watchtowers with added battlements. It is an important symbol for the residents of La Isleta neighborhood. Although the fortress can not be visited at the moment, its future as a naval museum is being looked into. For more information, you can call the Town Hall, whose number is listed above.