Cimadevilla Neighborhood in Gijon
The neighborhood of Cimadevilla is located on the southern slope of Cerro de Santa Catalina, or The Watchtower. It is the oldest part of town, with archaeological remains from the Roman era, including Baths.
Its situation on a hill fortress, which was isolated by high tide, made Cimadevilla a stronghold of some importance, until its destruction during the War of Spanish Succession between Pedro I and Henry II.
The construction of a commercial port in the west anchorage in the beginning of the sixteenth century, transformed the neighborhood into the residence of sailors and produced the expansion of the city to the south.
At present, their homes have been rehabilitated for the most part and, after being renovated ,the old port marina has become a residential neighborhood, and a commercial and leisure destination.
The upper part of the aforementioned Cerro de Santa Catalina is now a park topped by the sculpture "Praise the horizon," by sculptor Eduardo Chillida.