For a territory that is so small, measuring a mere 6.7 square kilometres or 2.6 square miles, Gibraltar certainly packs in a lot of history. After all, this peninsula on the south Iberian coast has been inhabited for more than 50,000 years, and has been in British hands since the early 18th century, when it was ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity under the Treaty of Utrecht.
Before then, Gibraltar was under Spanish rule, and the mix of Spanish and British influences that is evident throughout the territory will certainly remind you of this intriguing past if you choose to tie the knot with your beloved here.
Everywhere you look, there are signs of the past
If you require evidence of just how emphatically British Gibraltar has become in the last few centuries, all that you have to do is wander around the old town, which is home to familiar UK high street stores like Debenhams, as well as traditional British pubs.
But this network of narrow lanes surrounding the central thoroughfare of Main Street also hosts all manner of curious historic architecture. Indeed, it is around here where you will find Gibraltar’s Registry Office, which exudes no shortage of history itself.
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Margaret Leighton are just some of the celebrities who got married here. You could be about to join them when you make Sweet Gibraltar Weddings your choice of Gibraltar wedding planning company, courtesy of our ever-popular and great-value Registry Office Package.
A place that rewards the curious explorer
While you might not have much time to indulge your inner history buff during the wedding ceremony and reception itself, once all of the marriage formalities are done with, Gibraltar is a wonderful part of the world to explore for all manner of historic remnants.
You don’t even need to leave Main Street to discover the Convent, for example, which was built in 1531. It originally served as a residence for Franciscan friars, and retained its name when it became the official domicile of the Governor of Gibraltar in 1728.
Head to the northern end of the old town, meanwhile, and you’ll come across a building that you may initially assume to be a mosque, but which is actually the Moorish-revival style Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Other historical highlights for those contemplating Gibraltar for their wedding include the eighth-century Moorish Castle with its instantly recognisable Tower of Homage, as well as the Irish Town – with its elegant buildings largely dating from the early 19th century – and St Michael’s Cave.
The latter is a series of limestone chambers and tunnels that was formerly used for defensive purposes by the Moors and Spaniards, and was even prepared for use as an emergency military hospital during World War II, although it was never ultimately used as such.
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