Monday, October 22, 2012

GIBRALTAR ~O'Hara Battery-Rock Gun~

Received not one but two wonderful cards cards from a new place...Gibraltar...
...To stand on this point where you have panoramic views over three countries, two continents and one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, must be breathtaking!! Thanks a lot Rachel!!

With lovely stamps: Gibraltar Chess festival 10th Ann 2012HM and
Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Grandchildren 2009
Aerial view showing Rock Gun from O'Hara Battery
According to legend, Hercules parted the two continents of Africa and Europe, resting an elbow in Gibraltar and one in Mons Abyla in Morocco.

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. Today its economy is based largely on tourism, financial services, and shipping.

O’Hara's Battery is located at the very top of the Nature Reserve. No cars, not even taxi’s are allowed up.
It is an artillery battery and located at the highest point of the Rock of Gibraltar, near the southern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. It was constructed in 1890 at the former site of a watchtower that had earned the name O'Hara's Folly. The battery and tower were both named after the Governor of Gibraltar Charles O'Hara. The battery was in use during World War II and was last fired during training exercises in 1976. O'Hara's Battery has been refurbished and is open to the public.

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