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The labyrinth of tunnels inside the Rock of Gibraltar known as the Great Siege Tunnels is perhaps the most ingenious defence system devised by man.

At the end of the Great Siege in 1783, the defeated Commander of the French and Spanish troops, the Duc de Crillon, on being shown the fortifications that had led to the defeat of his troops commented, "These works are worthy of the Romans". This comment highlights the ingenuity of those men who against all odds endured the onslaught of the advancing forces and were still able to devise a unique system of defence which afforded them victory.

It was during the war of American Independence, when France and Spain made an all out attempt to recapture the Rock from the British in Gibraltar's 14th Siege, recorded as the Great Siege, which lasted from July 1779 to February 1783. The Governor, General Elliot (later called Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar) is said to have offered a reward of £1000 to anyone who could tell him how to get guns onto a projection from the precipitous northern face of the Rock known as 'Notch'.

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bentleyd

Amazing story and wonderful puzzle:-)
I love anything to do with history

fileusa

I have'nt seen the rooms. but the Reception area is all newly decorated. I believe they refurbished it about 8 years ago

lelabugosi

Oooh!..........Well it looked old and 'musty' when I was there, so I don't like to imagine what it's like now......unless the owners have done it up!........

fileusa

Actually, believe it or not, it's still there!

lelabugosi

Hee-Hee!........(In the 70's, I stayed at the Hotel Bristol, which I think is now no longer there - we had to go over a bridge to the dining room for breakfast)........

fileusa

Quite brave of you to wander off! These tunnels are known to be pretty haunted!. I make sure I go with plenty of folks around me..

lelabugosi

Good photo......I got lost in these tunnels once, and went where I wasn't supposed to go.......when I came out, the police wanted to know if I had a camera, and asked me how I got in - I told them I had just walked through as there was no guard!.....

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