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Spain. Balearic Islands. Minorca (Menorca). Ciutadella. Palm trees and tourists. Mediterranean sea. The Sant Nicolau Castle is strategically located at the entrance of the Ciutadella port. This tower was a defence point built by order of the Spaniards at the end of the 18th century due to the many attacks by sea the island suffered in the past. It has a the shape of a pointless pyramid, with an octagonal base and it is built of mares (stone extracted from the island’ quarry). A moat protects its perimeter which also outstands for the beautiful baroque statues decorating the façade. The roof top was the attacking area and the watch point and the cannons are situated at the entrance of the castle. The Sant Nicolau Castle forms part of the many military defence turrets scattered around the Minorcan coast line built during the Spanish, French and British occupations between the 17th and 19th century. The current owner is the Ciutadella Council and it can be visited free of charge. Ciutadella de Menorca or simply Ciutadella is a town and a municipality in the western end of Menorca, The town  is part of the autonomous community of the Balearic. In Spain, an autonomous community is a first-level political and administrative division, created in accordance with the Spanish constitution of 1978, with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make up Spain. 10.09.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef