Alcala de Guadaira Photo Gallery

Alcala towers

Alcala castle as we see it today is essentially the fortified castle and alcazaba (citadel) created by the Almohads in the 12th century, although a castle has been on the site much earlier than this. The basic layout comprises of an inner, fortified castle, adjoining which and separated by a defensive wall and rock-cut ditch, is the walled Islamic town, with a mosque at its centre, later converted to a Christian church, and now the interpretation centre. On the gently sloping side towards the river, was the third and largest fortified enclosure or suburb where the Muslim villagers would have lived, and where a gate allowed access to the harbour on the river Guadaira.

Alcala remained in Muslim occupation until the final reconquest of Granada in the 15th century and many remains of the Muslim period can still be seen here. The castle was significantly modified by the Christians in the 15th and 16th century, especially the addition of a square detached keep or tower of Homage and the inner Royal palace whose walls contain gunloops. The Almohad period remains include the magnificent octagonal tower, typical of the Almohads in the region of Seville, several original horse-shoe arched gateways and remnants of Hamman’s or baths.

The whole complex represents one of the most important fortified Islamic complexes in the south of Spain. It lies some 15Km SE of Seville. The historic photo’s shown in the gallery are taken from the excellent Facebook site for the castle which can be viewed here.

 

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Photos on this page: Alcala de Guadaira castle. Towers from the Almohad period (12th century).