La Coruna, Spain

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

La Coruna is a strategic port in northwestern Spain, and the starting point of the Spanish Armada. It was also the debarkation point for British forces during the Peninsular Wars against Napoleon, after a disastrous winter retreat over the mountains. In a rare failure for the British, discipline broke down and many troops looted. A frantic rearguard battle gave the British time to escape.
Left: City Hall.

Below: Santa Maria del Campo Church
Below: Statue of the Celtic chieftain Breogan.
The Tower of Hercules, a lighthouse that has stood since the second century.
Fuente de los Surfistas (Fountain of the Surfers) is a lot more impressive in postcards. The figures are actually only a bit larger than life size.
Above: views across the bay to the Tower of Hercules.
Left: Milennium Obelisk.

Below: Views from Monte de San Pedro.
Below: The Opera House is partially carved out of a bedrock cliff.
Left and below: Kiosco Alfonso. A number of attractive buildings border a park near the harbor. They formerly held government offices. That bright red pool is a great way to identify this place on aerial imagery!
Below. This attractive biulding now houses National Radio.

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Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 04 June 2020