Main Street, Gibraltar
Main Street is the main arterial street
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 in the British overseas territory
British overseas territories
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 of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. A peninsula with an area of , it has a northern border with Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region...


Main Street is recognised today as Gibraltar’s main commercial and shopping district. It runs north–south through the old town which is pedestrianised and lined with buildings displaying a blend of Genoese
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, Portuguese
Architecture of Portugal
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, Andalusian
Spanish architecture
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, Moorish
Moorish architecture
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 and British
Architecture of the United Kingdom
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Regency architecture
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 styles, most of which have shops on the ground floor. Upper floors provide residential accommodation or offices. Tourists and visitors will find a wide variety of shops, many of which will be familiar from British high streets.

Irish Town is one of Main Street's sub-districts and was named in the early 19th century when Gibraltar was split into differing quarters.

Gibraltar’s town centre is largely protected by the Gibraltar Heritage Trust and is part of a continual restoration
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Grand Casemates Square

Grand Casemates Square at the northern end of Main Street, once the centre of public execution
Public Execution
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s, is the hub of Gibraltar's nightlife
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, and is filled with numerous restaurants, pub
Public house
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s and bars.

Notable buildings on Main Street

  • Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned
    Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned
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  • Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
    Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar
    The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is the cathedral for the Church of England Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. Located in Cathedral Square, it is sometimes referred to simply as Gibraltar Cathedral, although it should not be confused with the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, which is Gibraltar's...

  • The Convent
    The Convent (Gibraltar)
    The Convent has been the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. It was originally a convent of Franciscan friars, hence its name, and was completed in 1531....

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