The Convent Guard House, seen from both sides. Standing opposite the Convent (the Governor's residence) in Convent Place, Gibraltar, "[I]n former times the Guardhouse ... was always well-manned and until recently a single guard was mounted in daylight hours at the doors of the Convent" (Archer 154). With its neo-classical portico and mounted brass cannon, it still looks the part, but now houses government offices. It makes a contrast with the Convent itself, with its brick façade and obvious Victorian elements (the gables and dormers), although this too was given a portico in the later nineteenth century (see Chipulina).

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Related Material


Archer, E. G. Gibraltar, Identity and Empire. London: Routledge, 2006.

Chipulina, Neville. "1531 — The Convent — And the King's Chapel." The People of Gibraltar. Web. 3 February 2019.

Created 3 February 2019