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Nikolkaya • 5 minutes read • July 3rd, 2016
1tripto-gibraltar.jpgThe whole 

Gibraltar

 can be photographed in one shot from the sea-side.
2tripto-gibraltar.jpgExiting the port, the tourists (6 million per year for 4 square miles!) are greeted by a sculpture depicting the meeting of women and children, who were evacuated to England during the Second World War, and came back here after the war by sea.
3tripto-gibraltar.jpgSince 1713, Gibraltar has been a British colony, but in 1967, the Queen Elizabeth II granted Gibraltar constitution and self-government in all the issues, except for security, financial independence, and foreign policy. Later, 

Gibraltar

, together with the United Kingdom joined the EU and obtained a special status.
4tripto-gibraltar.jpgIn front of the 

Gibraltar Museum

, there are exhibitions devoted to the main historic events of the country. There’s a gun with the inscription which I translated as: "Never been conquered by any enemy." I think it is about the last three hundred years because considering all the turbulent history of Gibraltar, which totals 3000 years, there was a great number of wars with different outcomes.
5tripto-gibraltar.jpgNowadays, the population of Gibraltar is about 29 thousand including about 20 thousand of the indigenous people of Gibraltar. All of them are descendants of immigrants from England, Spain, Genoa, and Malta.
Gibraltar is very different from England except for the police’s uniform, and the Gibraltar pound, which is equated to the British pound sterling.
6tripto-gibraltar.jpgMain Street is a central promenade.
7tripto-gibraltar.jpg8tripto-gibraltar.jpgThere’s a lot of bars and pubs since the days of the Duke of Kent who founded its own production of alcoholic beverages in Gibraltar at the beginning of the 19 century.
9tripto-gibraltar.jpgThe Rock is definitely the main attraction of Gibraltar. One can get to the funicular from the Main street through the gates of the South fort.
10tripto-gibraltar.jpgAlthough, if you have enough time and you’re full of strength, you can certainly ascend 425 meters uphill on foot.
11tripto-gibraltar.jpgThe city is clearly visible from the cable car. It is evident that locals live well, as there’s a pool practically in every yard.
12tripto-gibraltar.jpgBesides, one can see that there's not enough land (it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world - 4,500 people per 1 sq.km (.6 miles) and the city is built on the water.
13tripto-gibraltar.jpgMoreover, a runway strip of the local airport of 1.5 miles (2437 meters) long was built on an artificial mound. By the way, the runway strip crosses the highway connecting Gibraltar with Spain, and at the time of takeoffs and landings of the aircraft, the road traffic is ceased with a barrier.
14tripto-gibraltar.jpgOn the Rock, there is a fortress built in the 18th century (a part of the fortress is located inside the rock, sinking many tens of feet deep into it), which is considered to be impregnable. But everything is accessible by wild monkeys, local Barbary Macaques. Even the food of the tourists. Although, there are signs and warnings everywhere that there’s a 500 pound fine if you feed the Barbary Macaques.
15tripto-gibraltar.jpgTo tell the truth, it’s difficult to refuse a monkey-mother with a baby that grazes near the observation deck.
16tripto-gibraltar.jpgThe reason for the ban is simple. According to local belief, Gibraltar is will remain British as long as there is at least one monkey on Gibraltar. Moreover, the Barbary Macaques are officially under the protection of the British navy from the mid 19th century.
Of course, all the Barbary Macaques are counted (currently, there are more than 300 species), each monkey has its own name, and one can look at portraits of the most prominent ones (with the indication of a nickname and date of birth) standing in the line for the funicular.
17tripto-gibraltar.jpgHowever, this is not a zoo, and Gibraltar is the only country in Europe which is still inhabited by wild monkeys.
18tripto-gibraltar.jpg19tripto-gibraltar.jpg Author: Nikolkaya
Source: nikolkaya.livejournal.com
Translated by: Zoozi

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