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The King’s Bastion Leisure Centre                                                                                                    hat is a Bastion?        example at Gibraltar) was not           ing’s Bastion, Fall
                                                                                                                                                                    designed to stop cannon balls and
                                                                                                                                           The concept of a bastion
                                                                                                                                                                                                            By the late 19th Century the
                                                                                                                                  W developed in the mid            shells; it was merely a retaining wall  K bastion no longer played a
                                                                                                                                  16th Century and became a         with a good thickness of packed   significant role in the defence of
                                                                                  On the 1st March 2008,                          dominant feature of fortifications for   earth and rubble that would absorb   Gibraltar, and the shore in front of
                                                                                    the Chief Minister of                         three hundred years and was a     the enemy shot. Kings Bastion had   the bastion started to be reclaimed
                                                                                 Gibraltar, Peter Caruana,                        direct result of the increasing use   one other feature; it was shaped like  by the deposit of thousands of tons
                                                                                                                                  and efficiency of the cannon. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of rock and earth, part of the
                                                                                                                                                                    an arrow so that the part of the
                                                                                 officially inaugurated The                       round, high towers of mediaeval   bastion that connected with the   construction of the New Dockyard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Kings Bastion however still had
                                                                                                                                  fortifications could not withstand the
                                                                                                                                                                    curtain wall was inset allowing three
                                                                                        King’s Bastion.                           pounding they received from the   fields of fire to engage any enemy   military significance initially as a
                                                                                                                                  shot fired from gunpowder artillery.   unfortunate enough to find   lookout post and then as an anti-
                                                                                   A major entertainment                          A bastion combines a number of    themselves in that position.      tank position with a six-pounder
                                                                                                                                  ideas. It is generally much lower
                                                                                                                                                                                                      gun. After the Second World War,
                                                                                   venue for children and                         than the towers it replaced, usually                                four 25 pounder guns were installed
                                                                                 adults, quite the opposite                       on the same level as the curtain wall   ing’s Bastion, Rise         and the bastion became a saluting
                                                                                                                                  on either side. Usually there would
                                                                                                                                                                          Kings Bastion was built on
                                                                                                                                                                                                      platform. Its days as a military
                                                                                   of its original purpose.                       be a ditch in front of the bastion and  K the site of a Spanish gun   fortification came to an end in 1961
                                                                                                                                  a glacis, a slope of earth built to the   position, the Plataforma de San   when the bastion was chosen to
                                                                                                                                  same height as the bastion,       Lorenzo, and construction began in   house the oil storage and
                                                                                     Alexis Almeida, the                          sometimes fronted by stone, on the   1773. It was the most important part   administration offices for the Kings
                                                                                 Chairman of the Gibraltar                        far side of the ditch. The glacis   of the western defences playing a   Bastion Power Station built
                                                                                                                                                                    major role as a command post
                                                                                                                                  would deflect enemy fire up and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      alongside the bastion’s north
                                                                                    Heritage Trust, said                          over the bastion itself whilst the   during the Great Siege from 1779 to   facade. The power station was
                                                                                  ‘The King’s Bastion was                         height from the bottom of the ditch   1783, in particular, the action known   closed in the early 1990s and
                                                                                                                                                                    as the ‘Grand Attack’ of 1782 when
                                                                                                                                  to the top of the walls would still
                                                                                                                                                                                                      demolished in 2005 to once again
                                                                                   the last major battery                         make it challenging to scale. Kings   the Spanish floating batteries   reveal the north facade.
                                                                                      built in this style’.                       Bastion did not have this feature   assaulted Gibraltar.
                                                                                                                                                                    By 1859 there were seventeen 32
                                                                                                                                  since the sea came almost to the
                                                                                                                                  bottom of the wall. Unlike earlier   pounders, six 8 inch smoothbore
          Bowling                           At the Movies                      Arcade Games                                       towers, a bastion was flat faced   cannon and two 10 inch howitzers
                                                                                                                                                                    installed in the bastion. Between
                                                                                                                                  eliminating dead ground in front of
                                            Come to Leisure Cinemas and enjoy                                                     the fortification. The bastion itself   1873 and 1878 the bastion was
          King’s Bowl offers 14 lanes suitable   the latest movies on the big screen,   With over 60 coin-operated                was an angular structure with two   modified to take one 12.5 inch and
          for both beginners and            with performances daily and        machines, the Amusement Arcade                     faces and two flanks projecting out   four 10 inch muzzle loaded rifled
          professionals. You can also book   matinee performances on           is fun for all ages. Includes a Virtual            from the curtain wall so that fire   guns (RMLs) on turntables mounted
          Children’s Parties and Corporate   weekends. Also featuring Event    Reality Extreme Adventures                         from the flanks could protect any   in iron shielded casemates. They
          Events. Wheelchair ramp available.  Cinema and 3D presentations.     simulator, shoot ‘em ups, driving                  bastions on either side and the   were in operation until 1902.
          Ice Skating                       The front row of the cinema has    games, pinball machines, basketball                curtain wall itself. The stonework on
                                                                               and air hockey as well as rides for
                                                                                                                                  the outside of the bastion (in the
                                            been designated for wheelchairs.
          Our ice skating rink, with a real ice   Eat & Drink                  small children and a free access
                                                                               Toddlers Play Area. Free wi-fi is also
          surface, is open all the year round                                  available.
          and has a capacity for up to 50   In the Rock Bastion Restaurant, you
          skaters. Children under 7 are     can enjoy a light snack or full a la   Internet Lounge
          welcome but must be accompanied   carte menu, either indoors or al
          by an adult on the ice, there is also   fresco. Boyd’s Wine Bar & Lounge   8 internet stations & chill out area
          the option to take lessons  with a   serving alcoholic drinks to adults   with sofas.
          qualified coach.                  only is located on the second floor
          Ice ride bumper cars are available   and is one of the Rock’s most   Fitness Gym
          for extra fun.                    popular venues for celebrating
          Pool Tables                       parties, corporate functions and all   Spread over two floors and offering
                                                                               a wide range of Technogym
                                            types of special events.
                                                                               equipment for all types of workouts
          In our Games Rooms, you’ll find 7ft                                  including cardiovascular and
          and 8ft pool tables  in the UK and                                   strength building. An open-air
          American style.                                                      section is also available.


                         Open 9am to midnight                                 www.kingsbastion.gov.gi
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