Museo Militar


Near the Iglesia de la Concepción, the Museo Militar is perched high over the Mediterranean. Its two small rooms are stuffed full of exhibits (all in Spanish) from the Spanish military in Melilla: regimental flags, medals, some great old photos and a motley collection of weapons and the obligatory bust of Franco.

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