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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.

Coca Castle, Coca, Segovia, Castile-Leon, Spai…

Coca Castle,
Coca, Segovia, Castile-Leon, Spain.

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15th-century Mudéjar castle. The outer enclosure, with polygonal brick-built towers at the corners and semicircular ones on the walls, emerges from a large moat.. Behind it rise the extremely strong walls of the main part of the castle, which repeat the polygonal and round towers of the outer enclosure furnished with canoniers (gun ports).

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 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.

Castell Cartoixa de Vallparadís, Terrassa, Val…

Castell Cartoixa de Vallparadís,
Terrassa, Vallès Occidental, Catalunya, Spain

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The first mention of a fortification here is in a document from 1110. It became a monastery in 1344. Since 1959 is has housed the Museum of Terrassa. The present castle preserves a few remains from the original.

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.

The Alcázar of Segovia, like many fortifications in Spain, started off as an Arab fortress, 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.

Castillo de Loarre, Loarre, Huesca, Spain.

Castillo de 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 (r. 1063–94) reconquered the surrounding lands from the Muslims. The Homage tower (Torre del Homenaje) and the “Tower of the Queen” (Torre de la Reina), date to this campaign.

The Homage tower was built in an isolated position in front of the fortifications, to which it was connected by a wooden bridge.

The Torre de la Reinaha exhibits both Lombard and Mozarabic architectural forms.

Arteaga Tower, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain.

Arteaga Tower,
Biscay, Basque Country, Spain.

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The Arteaga Tower is a medieval castle rebuilt in the 19th Century for the French empress Eugénie de Montijo. Napoleon III and Eugenia de Montijo had it rebuilt when their son was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Biscay.