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“Beautiful Castle”

Castle of San Anton
Ranked #5 of 76 things to do in La Coruna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
London
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34 reviews
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“Beautiful Castle”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

The castle has got spectacular views and it's very well looked after. There are very fine Celtic jewellery on display and also there is an old reservoir (now became a wishing well). It is definitely one of the places that must be seen while visiting Coruna. The entrance fee is only €2 each.

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great view and nice museum”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

This castle is very small, however the view from there to the city is pretty amazing. It was originally constructed over an island and used as the first defense against incoming navies.
The museum is good and has a very decent collection of Roman carved stones gathered from spots where permanent roman settlements were constructed around Galicia. Also, the celtic jewelry collection is beautiful.
You can make this visit in about an hour or less, and the admission is free, which is great if you are running low on budget.

Visited September 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Great views”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

The museum itself is OK with some beautiful Celtic jewellery and some interesting facts. But on the fine day we went the views and the castle itself were the best thing about visiting.

Visited August 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Free Admission to an Excellent Exhibit!”
Reviewed 19 May 2012

My wife and I visited La Coruna on a Cruise. We didn't have a ton of time, but Castillo de San Anton was well worth the time.

There was a worker in a booth, and we expected to pay some fee to enter, but he gave us a couple of passes and said there was no admission.

There are several different areas of the fort. The interior yard has old ruins on display. There were smaller rooms in the stone that were probably store rooms or cells for prisoners for the fort. Now they have many pieces of walls, arches, etc. on display. Many of them are dated from the 1400's and 1500's.

On the upper level, you can walk around the entire fort. There are a couple of cannons. I looked out over the harbor and imagined soldiers of the fort defending the harbor against incoming unfriendly ships.

There are several interesting sites to see around the fort. There's a light house near the end of the fort. There's a recreation of a boat that would have been used in the early days. By the boat there's a dark stairway that leads into a Cistern. It takes a little curiosity and no fear of the dark. There are a couple of turns on the stairway. Inside the Cistern there was a light and you can see incoming daylight from the well.

There's a similar dark spiral staircase on one of the upper buildings. After a little more curiosity, we discovered it came out on top of the main building. From the top, there was a pretty spectacular view of the rest of the fort, and the harbor. There was also an interesting tiled roof structure.

Finally, we discovered you can go inside the main building. It's a museum filed with artifacts from the fort. There are old swords, a flag from the 1500's, coins, crown jewels, and some Catholic items.

I've been to the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine Florida. Castillo de San Anton is very similar. Definitely worth the price of admission (Free!!).

Visited May 2012
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Malaga, Spain
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“Very Interesting Castle”
Reviewed 30 October 2011

The castle was built in 1587 to defend the city against attacks from the sea. When Francis Drake attacked the city in 1589 the castle was able to defend the entrance to the city. There is a platform where the artillery was placed and there are still some cannon on display there. The castle has the irregular form of a star, probably because this design was better for defense. There is an Archaeological Museum in the fort and the court yard has many exhibits that are from the Bronze Age, Roman times and the Medieval times. These remains come from all over the province.

Visited August 2011
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