IT is rarely seen by tourists on their holiday excursion to the Rock.
Now, finally the Gibraltar government has realised the commercial benefits of developing its 1200 year ‘jewel’, the old Moorish castle.
Dating back to the 8th century – which was until last year the enclave’s prison – will spearhead a major urban renewel plan in the old town.
The castle, which appears on the back of some five pound notes, is to be renovated and promoted as a key tourist venue.
Minister for Culture Edwin Reyes described the vision as the ‘first step’ that will lay the foundations for a major project and see huge economic potential ‘unleashed.’
“I look forward to the day when the Moorish Castle stands out as a wonderful jewel,” he said.
Preliminary surveys and works have already begun inside the castle complex.