The Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch, Galway: Address, The Spanish Arch Reviews: 3.5/5

The Spanish Arch
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Keith C
Birr, Ireland31 contributions
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An interesting and historical spot is the Spanish Arch. While small in stature the interesting history is there. While on a little window shopping on Shop Street, at the bottom is the bridge and Spanish Arch, often referred to as "Sparch" by the younger generations 😀, who would indulge in a little day drinkies by the corrib river on the occasional sunny warm days. While today was cool and overcast, u still enjoyed the spot and cultural side of galway.
Written September 14, 2020
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Snooty1
Minneapolis, MN40 contributions
What you see in the picture above is all there is to see. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying not to see it, but schedule is at a destination to see between other destinations. You'll see it, take a picture and move on.
Written October 20, 2019
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY970 contributions
As ruins go, this isn't much. Certainly not enough to go out of your way to see. However, it does sit beside a wonderful riverbank that makes the perfect place to plant yourself and watch the world go by.
Written September 25, 2019
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,398 contributions
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Constructed by Spaniards in 1584—four years before the Spanish Armada sank in a freak storm but which is attributed to Queen Elizabeth’s navy—as part of the City Wall, only two of the original four arches remain. In the immediate vicinity, there are City Wall remnants, a museum, and several restaurants, a great place to enjoy the afternoon. For those on a tight travel budget, there's no charge. By modern standards, this does not top attraction lists, but considering Conquistadors were thousands of miles from home and constructed the City Wall and these arches with rudimentary tools makes, in itself, for architectural magnificence. If the Empire State Building remains in almost 500 years, how will TripAdvisor reviewers rate it? Try lifting ten-ton blocks of stone with wood beams and rope, and you may appreciate more what is here. The City Wall extends into and has been preserved inside a large shopping mall, but at the port city of Galway where River Corrib meets the ocean, these arches remain a testimony to construction that has lasted far longer than anything in America. Well, excluding an 18 trillion dollar debt, which will remain for eternity.
Written August 16, 2014
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Kavo85
Dublin, Ireland734 contributions
Family
The arch is located at the bottom on quay street on the banks of the river. Plenty of activity in the area by way of restaurants and bars.

Id consider this more of a meeting point than an attraction so to speak.
Written July 28, 2020
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AllanH328
Bethesda, MD550 contributions
You can't miss the Spanish Arch if you are strolling along the waterfront. It is a distinctive monument near Latin Quarter and heart of tourist section. We could even see it from our Jury's hotel room. The views from the area of Bay were nice. Definitely make a quick stop to view if visiting Galway
Written October 19, 2019
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,449 contributions
Fortunately, we do our homework before travelling, but the site could use better signage. BTW, you need to understand what the arch represents, not just what it looks like.
The arch was built in the 16th century as an extension of the city walls to protect ships from looters, with a garrison and cannons on the roof. Oddly, its name only relates to former Spanish merchant ships which docked here, and the name was applied onlyb in the 1800's. It protected the former fish market, which was re-named to the more appealing Spanish Parade. The arch was partly destroyed by a tsunami in 1755.
It is now attached to the Galway City Museum
Written September 28, 2019
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BuzzMcdonnell
Castletown, UK3 contributions
Family
Good for few cans with timo tbh always get sick on the arch though so would rate 14/19 ba bo bey bo do ba ba
Written September 11, 2019
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Anita Schneider
Dubai, United Arab Emirates68 contributions
Family
A lovely historical and scenic place in Galway. A cute hungry seal, lots of seagulls and rainbow - all painted a perfect picture of Galway in our memory. The fishermen gave us some leftover fish bones to feed the seal. It was entertaining. Very close to the city center.
Written September 9, 2019
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Brian K
Vancouver, Canada54 contributions
Couples
the Spanish arch has its place, it is part of the river walk.
you wouldnt make a special stop just for the arch as it is not particular large nor detailed.
A piece of medieval history. a good starting point of your exploration of this city.
Written March 18, 2017
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