Positioned on the left bank of the Corrib River, The Spanish Arch is one of Galways historical gems, dating back to pre-medieval times.
The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 but is an extension of the 12th century Norman -built town wall, which stretched from Martin’s Tower to the riverbank. It housed soldiers who kept watch and manned cannons on the roof. Constructed by Wylliam Martin, the 34th mayor of Galway, it was first known as Ceann an Bhalla (‘the head of the wall’) but later became known as the Spanish Arch. This misnomer is thought to be a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain and Spanish galleons, which often docked here. In medieval times, European ships carrying cargo of wine and spices sold their goods at the docks. In fact, Christopher Columbus visited in 1477.
In 1755, The Spanish Arch was partially destroyed by a tsunami. In the 1800s, the Eyre family added the Long Walk extension to the structure. Today the Spanish Arch is one of Galways most popular meeting points where the friendly atmosphere captures the unmistakable vibrance of the city.
The Spanish Arch Galway - Pendant - Sterling Silver
Abhaile is a collection of scintillating hand-carved Irish landscape jewellery inspired by your "Happy Place". This unique piece captures the unmistakable image of the Spanish Arch, Galway. Standing proudly beside where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Spanish Arch is a Galway Icon. Built originally to extend the famous Galway city walls, the Spanish Arch truly is a piece of history. One of the busiest areas on a sunny day in the heart of Galway, our piece captures its energy with a vivid depiction of the arch. If the Spanish Arch is your happy place, now you can feel connected and hold it close to your heart always...
9k yellow gold or sterling silver disc 20mm in diameter