An outstanding view from the top of the rock , whether
coming by land through Spain or even by sea. The tower
dominates the town area and surrounding waters.
For over six centuries people approaching Gibraltar
from the mainland have been impressed with the sight
of a great square tower right up on the hillside.
The tower is the only Tower of Homage of the ancient
Moorish Castle, which at one time dominated the surrounding
area. The walls of the old castle enclosed a considerable
area, reaching almost to the sea when even today the
Moorish Pier is still visable..Jebel Tarik or Gibraltar
owes its name to Tarik Ibn Zeyad. His successors built
the first fortifications somewhere near the present
Tower. This was replaced by a bigger castle which
gave better protection to the town which had grown
up nearby. The tower still proudly displays the battle
scars of the sieges in Gibraltar.