The Wall of the Rings

The Wall of the Rings (HM1YUH)

Location: Veracruz, Veracruz 91891
Country: Mexico

N 19° 12.542', W 96° 7.908'

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Muro de las argollas
Esta estructura, a la que también se le conoce como Cortina Sur, fue, hasta la segunda mitad del siglo XVI, uno de los primeros elementos arquitectónicos de Ulúa. Hecha de
mampostería de coral estaba flanqueada por dos torres (1584), una al oriente - baluarte de San Pedro - y otra al poniente - baluarte de San Crispin - , las cuales disponían de artillería para defender el puerto.El muro contaba con treinta y dos grandes argollas de bronce que servían de amarre a los barcos que cruzaban el océano
Atlántico y llegaban aquí a descargar sus mercancias. También
brindaba protección a las embarcaciones frente a los vientos del norte, los cuales siguen azotando a esta parte del Golfo.Hacia 1783, había diez bóvedas pegadas al muro de las argollas que daban hacia el interior. Se sabe que dos de ellas eran cocinas con fogón y, otras tres, se empleaban como panadería. A finales del siglo XIX, con la instalación del Arsenal Nacional Tres en el fuerte, se abrieron tres puertas en el muro, custodiadas por seis garitones y una banqueta que funcionó como muelle, y que facilitó la entrada de los insumos de guerra y la reparación de las embarcaciones. Actualmente, en el muro se encuentra la "puerta del mar", uno de los sitios más emblemáticos de la fortaleza. English
translation:
Wall of the Rings
This structure, which is also known as the Southern Curtain, was, until the second half of the sixteenth century, one of the first architectural elements of Ulúa. Made of coral masonry, it was flanked by two towers (1584), one to the east - the bastion of San Pedro - and another to the west - the bastion of San Crispin -, both of which had artillery to defend the port. It had thirty-two large bronze rings that served as moorings for the ships that crossed the Atlantic ocean and came here to unload their goods. The fort also provided protection to the boats from northern winds, which continue to lash this part of the Gulf of Mexico.By 1783, there were ten vaulted rooms attached to the Wall of the Rings, towards the interior. Two of them were had stoves and were used for cooking. The other three rooms were used as bakeries. At the end of the 19th century, with the installation of the Third National Arsenal in the fort, three gates were opened in the wall, guarded by six checkpoints and a walkway that worked as a pier, and which facilitated the entrance of military supplies and the repair of vessels. Today, the wall contains the "Gate to the Sea", one of the most emblematic sites of the fort.
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Date Added Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees19.20903333, -96.13180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 19° 12.542', W 96° 7.908'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds19° 12' 32.52" N, 96° 7' 54.48" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Pedro Saenz de Baranda, Veracruz Veracruz 91891, MX
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