What is the rock of gibraltar?

Rock Fortress

The rock of Gibraltar is a big “rock” fortress that guards the gateway to the Mediterranean.

The Rock of Gibraltar is a high, rocky point of land on the southern coast of Spain.

“The Rock,” as it is commonly called, is only about 8 miles long and less than a mile wide.  It guards the narrow passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and, for this reason, is often called the “key” to the Mediterranean.

Long ago, Britain made the Rock into a great fortress.  It is so well protected that “as safe as the Rock of Gibraltar” is a common saying.

Tailless monkeys call Barbary apes live on Gibraltar.  A legend tells that the British will never lose Gibraltar as long as the monkeys remain there.

In ancient times the Rock of Gibraltar was called one of the two Pillars of Hercules. The second “pillar” stood across the Strait of Gibraltar on the African shore.  The pillars marked the limits of the familiar world, through which sailors dared not sail into the unknown. – Dick Rogers

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