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December 20, 2012

sant_sebastiaThe Sant Sebastià de la Guarda Monument Site is witness to the occupation of a privileged area from, at least, 2.600 years ago. One can visit the recently consolidated and signposted Iberian archaeological site (6th to 1st centuries BC), a 15th century watchtower (Cultural Heritage of National Interest), an 18th century hermitage and hostel and a 19th century lighthouse, which is still today one of the most powerful on the Mediterranean. All of this is at the top of the mountain with cliffs overhanging the sea and with one of the best panoramic views on the Costa Brava.

The watchtower (15th century) was monitored as a function of the coastal zone in order to protect it from possible invasions of corsairs and pirates, very common during the 15th and 16th centuries. That’s why it was built in a strategic location (on top of a cliff 165 m high) where you could descry a wide coastal strip. Over more than 550 years of history of the building, several reforms have been made, in 1441 authorized the use as a chapel, the religious function is probably due to its irregular shape, in a semicircle (apse) of the east side and straight of the west side, has also been modified openings have improved access between floors and pavements. However, it retains the original atmosphere very well.
Where: Far de Sant Sebastià (Llafranc- Girona)
Open: Every day from 10:00 to 13:30h and from 17:00 to 20:00h.
Price: 1 € and children under 12 years free

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