Gibraltar boosts its ‘Rock Under Siege’ tourist site with new additions
The Government of Gibraltar has completed a full restoration of the “City Under Siege” exhibit on the Upper Rock.
The facelift highlights the military graffiti in the building which dates back to the early 18e century and includes 11 new interpretive panels for visitors.
Located in one of the first buildings erected by the British on Willis Road, it is popular with locals and tourists alike.
“One of the most striking features of the exhibition is the graffiti that abounds on all the exterior walls around the central courtyard,” the government said in a statement.
“The majority of surviving graffiti dates from the 1730s to the 1760s, the oldest dating from 1726, a period when the garrison saw no military action and Gibraltar became a relatively easy but tedious posting for regiments serving abroad.
“A particularly striking graffiti is that of a two-deck ship of the line sketched as it sailed majestically through the bay, etched to the left of the entrance to the main courtyard,” the statement added.
Workers placed a new cannon and military items on the site.
They have refurbished mannequins and added new interpretive panels about how early British settlers lived in a Mediterranean fortress.
“It is important to continue to highlight our heritage sites and the interest value of the Upper Rock.
“This enhanced exhibit highlights our commitment, interest and investment in our cultural heritage.
“I’m sure Gibraltarians and visitors alike will enjoy the information provided and learn about the hardships faced by our ancestors during the Great Siege.”