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O'Hara's Battery, Gibraltar

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O'Hara's Battery is an artillery battery in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It is located at the highest point of the Rock of Gibraltar, near the southern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, in close proximity to Lord Airey's Battery. It was constructed in 1890 at the former site of a watchtower that had earned the name O'Hara's Folly. The battery and tower were both named after the Governor of Gibraltar Charles O'Hara. The first gun mounted on the battery was a 6-inch breech loading gun, which was replaced with a 9.2 inch Mark X BL gun in 1901. The battery was in use during World War II and was last fired during training exercises in 1976. O'Hara's Battery has been refurbished and is open to the public. The battery and its associated works are listed with the Gibraltar Heritage Trust.
O'Hara's Battery is in Gibraltar, the British Overseas Territory at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. The artillery battery is located near the southern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, near Lord Airey's Battery, at the highest point of the Rock of Gibraltar, 426m. The emplacement is in the Upper Battery area, which also includes Lord Airey's Battery and Spur Battery, although the gun of the latter was removed in Project Vitello. It is positioned at the southern terminus of O'Hara's Road, known as O'Hara's Point. The battery and road were named after the Governor of Gibraltar General Charles O'Hara (1740–1802). He served as governor from 1795 until his death in February 1802. O'Hara was replaced as governor later that year by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, and future father of Queen Victoria.
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  • My wife and I went to visit Gibraltar for a day last year but spent our time exploring the city and didn't have enough time to fit in a trip to the summit. So this year we went back with that goal...  more »
  • This was part of our day long trip with GIB tours and such great views from this point. We really enjoyed our day in Gibraltar. Such history in this corner of the world. Highly recommend if you are...  more »
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  • Very neat battery that along with the monkeys makes the walking pass well worth it. Going though the tunnels in the rock was particularly fun. The view was of course spectacular. Basically free. They have a vending machine if you need to grab a drink after hiking.
  • Very heavy climing. We took quite difficult path. I am over 50 y old so it was hard journey. But so happy in end.

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