The existence of the Real Carenero shipyard was the background to the conception of the construction of this 18th century industrial enclave. This led to the repair duties performed by that enclosure being transferred and expanded with the creation of the new La Carraca Naval Station.

The enclosure’s initial plans date from 1720, its layout being very organic and functional. Years later, the main gate of the wharf, the dry pit, the Battalion Barracks and the Penal de las Cuatro Torres prison were all built, with the other buildings completed in the late 18th century, that is, the General Warehouse Gate, the New Church and the Puerta de Tierra, all pure Neoclassical in style.

It was one of the largest Spanish military centres allocated to the construction and repair of Spanish Navy vessels, and to the storage and distribution of arms and munitions from the 18th to the 20th century.

The current La Carraca Naval Base is still the operational base of the Juan Sebastián de Elcano school vessel.



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