The great historical roots shared by the armed forces with Melilla, is somewhat notorious and present in every moment of the evolution of the city through time, from the times of its foundation by Phoenician colonizers, the presence of Spanish weapons have made this ancient enclave a stronghold linked to concepts of strategy, survival and war facts. Hence the need that the city of Melilla contase with a military historical Museum.
He Museum historical military is located in the "bulwark of the conception", in it dimension more high of Melilla it old or Villa new, in the end northeastern of the first enclosure defensive, on a RAM Rocky that flanks it Ensenada of them Galapagos, constituting in itself same a defense, whose perimeter is adapts to the steep topography of the land, encompassing a series of elements differentiated , under the generic name of the stronghold of LA PURÍSIMA CONCEPCIÓN.
Its construction began in the 16th century, taking its current configuration at the end of the 18th century. Built as a defensive bastion, was rising in height to achieve the same dimension of the cube, with the upper adarve Hill of the
"Gentleman" confronted "Stepfather" (a name that was called to the Hill) and response by the fire to the main attack on the city. Is employed as a store of gunpowder, prison, Cabinet of meteorology, homes of people humble... until its adaptation in 1.953 as Museum Municipal, remaining in this situation until your new location and transfer to it called House of the Tower of the clock, headquarters of the new Museum archaeological of the city.
Given in 1997 by the autonomous city to the General command of Melilla, opens its doors the day, July 15, 1997 on the occasion of the exhibition "V centenary of military history", Act attended the first square authorities, both civilian and military, being its first Colonel Director D. Miguel García Caballero. Has a surface total of 1,100 m2.
And in the immediate future, it will be loaned by the autonomous city, the stronghold of the lower conception as well as the known Office of chronicler and if it is not demolished the House of the lighthouse keeper (House whose construction dates back to early 20th century), would the whole artistic conception as a museum.
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00.