Ansite

The Fortress


Useful Information

Image: the whole rock of Ansite from the next road. The numerous caves are easy to see, the biggest one is the through cave about one third from the right.
Location: Gran Canaria, Canarias.
Open: All day, no limitations.
Fee: none.
Classification: volcanic rocks.
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Address: Tourist Information Office, Parque de Santa Catalina, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tel: +34-928-264623, Fax: +34-928-229820.
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History


Description

Image: the opposite view of above.

This place is called Ansite in several publications and on the signs leading to this place. Ansite was, concerning to spanisch chronists, the last refuge of the Canarian people against the spanish conquerors. The Guanche were able to live on Ansite for several years because they had water and enough land on top of the mountain to grow food. The location of Ansite is forgotten, but many locals think this is the place as it shows many of the features described in the Spanish text. However, there is no archaeological evidence of this.

Most likely this is not Ansite. This place is not able to hold a great number of fighters with their families and cattles as described by the chronists. The real location of Ansite is still unknown!

This place is also called la Fortezza (the Fortress), because it is easily defensible. Also there is a big number of natural and artificial caves. They are excavated in the walls of the rocky mountain and on the plain around it. And there are different stone structures that could have been defence bastions. But as there are not much resources like water and food on the rock, its was probably some sort of emergency hideout, and the people had their cattle and fields in the valley below.

The biggest cave is huge tunnel which crosses the whole rock, a through cave. It is obviously the remain of a lava tube. It is high enought to walk through upright and there are stone walls inside forming a sort of arena. This place is used for concerts or plays, but it is not clear how much of this is historic. The actual state is recent, the paths and the galleries in the cave were created only a few years ago.


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