El Brusco y el Gromo: Napoleonic fortresses to be declared as a Site of Cultural Interest

El Brusco y el Gromo: Napoleonic fortresses to be declared as a Site of Cultural Interest

A file has been opened, at the request of the Santoña (Cantabria) city council, to put in protection of the fortifications of the guard corps from the Napoleonic period of Brusco and Gromo, being declared as an archaeological zone and as Assets of Cultural Interest, since both belong to the same historical episode.

The General Directorate of Culture has announced that this file will be publicly exposed so that can be examined by all those interested in cultural heritage and that they may present allegations in this regard, given "the scope of the action to be carried out”.

These fortifications were built in 1813 and assaulted in 1814 by the Spanish troops who conquered both, occupied by the French. Part of the French garrison escaped from the Brusco wall to the Gromo wall, a failed flight, the latter being conquered the next day by the Spanish.

The fortification of the Brusco It was built on the highest point of the mountain that gives it its name, separating the beaches of Noja and Santoña, whose objective was to create a point of view towards the open sea, although only a small row of stones is preserved from this point.

The main fortress is molded to the top of mount, which is very small, so it only consisted of a dry stone wall inside which there was a rectangular space with two departments: one for the officer and another for 20 soldiers.

The Gromo fortHowever, it is quite uneven although it is very important since it was the only land access to Santoña with a height of 80 meters. The mountain is long and irregular, surrounded by marshes, which make the fortress almost isolated when the tide rises, so it has a drawbridge. This is a "portion" of treasure that remains from the War of Independence.

Image: Lourdes Cardenal on Wikimedia

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