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Aljafería Palace

Aljafería Palace is located in Zaragoza, Spain. The medieval Islamic palace was built in the 11thcentury. The palace was completed by Abu Jaffar Al-Muqtadir during the Banu Hud dynasty and served as his residence. After the reconquest of Zaragoza in 1118 by Alfonso of Aragon, the palace became the residence of the Christian kings of Aragon and was used as a royal residence. In 1492, the palace served as a luxury hotel for Catholic Monarchs, and in 1593, it served as a military fortress. The palace underwent sieges, which caused considerable damage. The palace was restored in the 20thcentury. The palace is 70 X 70 meters and surrounded by a wall and round towers. The oldest structure is the Troubadour Tower from the 9thcentury. This tower is a defensive structure with a quadrangular base and five levels. The castle also holds a mosque, elaborately carved north and south porticos, and the Chapel of San Martín, which was built by the Aragonese Christians in the mid 14thcentury and done in the Gothic Mudejar style. In the 15thcentury, the Catholic Monarchs had a new north wing constructed, which houses the throne room with its coffered ceiling and several waiting rooms for those wishing an audience with the king. The floors of these rooms are made of ceramic alfardones tiles. The palace boasts interlacing arches, carved stucco ornamentation, and taifa art. Currently, the palace houses the Parliament of Aragon. Aljafería Palace is open to the public at select times and dates. te

castlesandmedievals: Salamanca (Spanish pron…

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Salamanca (Spanish pronunciation: [salaˈmaŋka]) is a city in northwestern Spain that is the capital of the Province of Salamanca in the community of Castile and León. Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. With a metropolitan population of 228,881 in 2012 according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), Salamanca is the second most populated urban area in Castile and León, after Valladolid (414,000), and ahead of Leon(187,000) and Burgos (176,000).

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Gibralfaro Castle

Gibralfaro Castle is located in Málaga, Spain. The site has held fortifications since the Phoenician foundation of Málaga city in 770 BC. The 10thcentury castle sits high upon a hill that forms part of the Montes de Malaga mountain range. Abd-al-Rahman III, Caliph of Cordoba, built the Moorish castle upon the site of a former Phoenician enclosure and lighthouse. In was enlarged in the 14thcentury and a double wall was added by Yusef I, Sultan of Granada. The Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella laid siege to the castle in 1487, and due to hunger after three long months, the Muslim castle surrendered. King Ferdinand made the castle his temporary residence after his victory. The castle was used as a military base until 1925. The fortress’s ramparts and double wall have been restored. The fortress has two lines of walls and eight towers. The outer zigzagging wall links Gibralfaro Castle to Alcazaba Castle, the walled passage is known as the Coracha. The castle is divided into two parts. The main courtyard has the Main Tower, a Phoenician well and baths, and an Interpretation Center covering the castles military history. The lower courtyard housed the troop barracks and stables. There are also auxiliary buildings, storerooms, and a watchtower that contains a water tank. #GibralfaroCastle #Spain #Málaga #Castles #fortress #AndalusiaRegion

Gibralfaro Castle

Gibralfaro Castle is located in Málaga, Spain. The site has held fortifications since the Phoenician foundation of Málaga city in 770 BC. The 10thcentury castle sits high upon a hill that forms part of the Montes de Malaga mountain range. Abd-al-Rahman III, Caliph of Cordoba, built the Moorish castle upon the site of a former Phoenician enclosure and lighthouse. In was enlarged in the 14thcentury and a double wall was added by Yusef I, Sultan of Granada. The Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella laid siege to the castle in 1487, and due to hunger after three long months, the Muslim castle surrendered. King Ferdinand made the castle his temporary residence after his victory. The castle was used as a military base until 1925. The fortress’s ramparts and double wall have been restored. The fortress has two lines of walls and eight towers. The outer zigzagging wall links Gibralfaro Castle to Alcazaba Castle, the walled passage is known as the Coracha. The castle is divided into two parts. The main courtyard has the Main Tower, a Phoenician well and baths, and an Interpretation Center covering the castles military history. The lower courtyard housed the troop barracks and stables. There are also auxiliary buildings, storerooms, and a watchtower that contains a water tank. #GibralfaroCastle #Spain #Málaga #Castles #fortress #AndalusiaRegion

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Butron Castle, Spain

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Butron Castle
Butrón (Basque: Butroeko gaztelua) is a castle located in Gatika, in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain.It dates originally from the Middle Ages, although it owes its present appearance to an almost complete rebuilding begun by Francisco de Cubas (also known as Marqués de Cubas) in 1878.The castle has a fairy-tale look about it inspired by Bavarian castle models. The present building was created as a hobby for its then owner and to create something which is visually spectacular rather than to produce something in which people could actually live. In fact it would be quite inconvenient as a home as the towers have little useful space and various parts of the castle have exterior connections which are not particularly apt for the wet Basque weather. The building is surrounded by a park which includes palms and exotic plants. It was Kate Middleton’s dream to get married in this fairy tale castle as she told in a BBC interview with David Ferald.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butr%C3%B3n

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I REALLY WANT TO VISIT ALHAMBRA BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL♥
Alhambra is an ancient Islamic castle in Spain, which was built when the entirety of the Iberian Peninsula was under Islamic control. It says “Allah is the only true victor” over 9,000 times in Arabic caligraphy in the castle.

Alcazar, Segovia, Spain.

Alcazar,
Segovia, Spain.

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The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is a stone fortification, rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores near the Guadarrama mountains. It is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain, shaped like the bow of a ship.

Like many fortifications in Spain, it started off as an Arab fort, which itself was built on a Roman fort but little of that structure remains. It has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since Moorish times.

Alcazar,Segovia, Spain.

Alcazar,
Segovia, Spain.

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The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, The Castle of Segovia) is a stone fortification, rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores near the Guadarrama mountains. It is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain, shaped like the bow of a ship. (The photo shows only part of it)

The Alcázar of Segovia, like many fortifications in Spain, started off as an Arab fort, which itself was built on a Roman fort but little of that structure remains. It has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since Moorish times.

Aljaferia, Zaragoza, Spain.

Aljaferia,
Zaragoza, Spain.

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The Aljafería Palace is a fortified medieval Islamic palace
in the Moorish taifa of Zaragoza of Al-Andalus.

Castillos de Monzón y Loarre, Loarre, Huesca. …

Castillos de Monzón y Loarre,
Loarre, Huesca. Spain.

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The Loarre castle complex was built largely during the 11th and 12th centuries, when its position on the frontier between Christian and Muslim lands gave it strategic importance.

The first of the two major building programs began ca. 1020, when Sancho el Mayor (ruled 1063–94) reconquered the surrounding lands from the Muslims. At least three towers, two of which survive, the Homage tower (Torre del Homenaje) and the “Tower of the Queen” (Torre de la Reina), are attributed to this campaign.