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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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