marbella torre lance de las canas

Lance de las Cañas Turret : A forgotten Monument in Marbella

From the “Hidden Treasures of the Costa del Sol” series.

This tower is located next to the beach near an old Civil Guard barracks and in the vicinity of other buildings. Its surroundings are rather deteriorated and its eastern face has a hole at ground level. It was built in the second half of the 18th century as an artillery emplacement. The tower is shaped like a horseshoe. It has a prolonged semi-circular ground plan with two oblique spurs or hornwork behind it. Its perimeter measures 53.35 metres and its height exceeds 10 metres.

marbella unrestored torre lance de las canas

marbella unrestored torre lance de las cañas

Inside there are two floors and the surface area in them increases as we ascend while the thickness of its external walls is reduced. The lower or basement floor constitutes the powder magazine (at ground level). The upper floor or main room is well lighted by two large windows and covered like the basement by a vaulted brick ceiling. All the necessary services (larder, chimney, etc.) are aligned along the northern retaining wall. Lastly, there is a spacious roof terrace with a parapet and a hole to act as a chimney. Two stairways communicate the different rooms with the roof terrace. Access to the tower is at a height of six metres above the ground on the western face of the right-hand spur. It was built with masonry and complemented with bricks on several elements like the corners, door jambs and heads, embrasures, parapet mouldings and internal vaults and walls.

marbella lance de las cañas after restoration

marbella lance de las cañas after restoration

It is a monument that has been declared as a Heritage of Cultural Interest 1985 (Bien de Interés Cultural). Historical data: The frequency of raids along this sector by expeditions which at times amounted to up to two thousand men as a result of the cooperation established between Turks and North African Muslims led to such sanguinary events like the sacking of Gibraltar by Baba Aruj or “Barbarossa” in 1450. This led the emperor to reinforce the fortifications with a new model that could boost defensive combat capabilities. His aim was perhaps to build this kind of buildings along the entire coastline. Four forts of this kind were built in the province of Malaga, of which three are to be found in this sector.

UPDATE : The tower has been completely restored and is very well worth a visit nowadays



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