Posted on 13th January 2019 / 126
Listing Type : Coast Defence
Location : Africa

Background to the Chavonnes Battery:

·         Built in 1726, the first coastal defense to deter sea-borne aggressors (Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, Danes, Swedes),

·         Named after the Governor of the Cape at the time, Maritz Pasque de Chavonne,

·         A stable firing perch which served as watchdog of the bay with 16 large cannons,

·         Partially demolished in 1860, ripped apart and buried, its stone reused for the Alfred Basin,

·         The Clock Tower was built as the new sentinel of the bay and harbour master’s office,

·         In 1999, the Chavonnes Battery was re-discovered, excavated and conserved in a world class museum


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