San Fernando Castle

 

Monte Tossal. 

The San Fernando Castle was built during the War of Independence in 1813. It was meant to be used as a prison to house captured French troops and was built hastily and badly. The French General Louis-Pierre Montbrun bombed Alicante on Jan. 16, 1812. However the general did not occupy the city because the next day the French troops returned to France for the invasion of Russia. The castle soon showed deficiencies and has been more or less abandoned and is now in a state of disrepair. It is one of the few castles built in the 19th century. Only the façade can be seen. The shape of the bastion is polygonal and adapted to the irregular terrain.