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Castle of Santa Barbara

On the mountain of Guanapay, near La Villa de Teguise, rises the Castle of Santa Barbara, or Guanapay, built in the C16 as a watchtower.

The castle was built by Sancho de Herrera in the C16, and suffered attacks from pirates and Corsairs. In 1586, the siege mounted by the pirate, Morato Arraez, caused such damages that King Philip II charged the engineer, Torriani, with its reconstruction. From 1596, the castle has maintained the same structure.

Today has been turned into a museum dedicated to the emigration from the Canary Islands to America. In its seven galleries, one can contemplate the objects that the islanders carried on their long journey to a world that they imagined full of opportunities, the American continent.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Documents and objects of the emigrants.
Documents and objects of the emigrants.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Sala de conferencias.
Conference room.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Scale models of the old ships.
Scale models of the old ships.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Tipo de embarcación.
Type of ship used by the emigrants.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Historical visas and documents.
Historical visas and documents.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. The castle before being restored.
The castle before being restored.

Images


Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. View of Teguise from the castle. View of Teguise from the castle.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. View point. View point.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Museum of Canarian Emigration. Museum of Canarian Emigration.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Old documents of emigrants. Old documents of emigrants.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Bills of exchange and cheques. Bills of exchange and cheques.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Suitcase - symbol of the traveller. Suitcase - symbol of the traveller.

Lanzarote - Castle of Santa Barbara. Objects that emigrants brought back. Objects that emigrants brought back.