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Fortaleza de Ansite, Gran Canaria

Fortaleza de Ansite - Gran Canaria, Spain
Fortaleza de Ansite
Barranco de las Tirajanas, Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Spain 35280Map
Overview

Around 1485 in Gran Canaria there were only a few fortifications left to protect the island against the Castilian conquerors. One of these was this steep rock, with a cave, by the Barranco de las Tirajanas. It's said that, worn down by Pedro de Vera's troops and by hunger, the Islanders finally decided to surrender, all except Bentejuí, that is, a leader who preferred to kill himself rather than give himself up. In commemoration of this tragic incident, each year on 29th April there's a memorial service on this rock, some going to celebrate the conquest of Tamaran, the island which would become known as Gran Canaria, and others to celebrate Bentejuí's act, a symbol of independence for some. Admission: free

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  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Nearest Train: Bus: 34
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