Jimena de la Frontera Photo Gallery

Jimena de la frontera

Jimena de la Frontera castle has a long and eventful history being founded on the site of a Roman town and being a frontier castle between Christian and Muslim Spain for many years.

The history of Jimena castle is available in more detail on this page of Castles of Spain and the Roman stones reused around the gateway are discussed in a separate article here.

The rock-cut ditch separating the inner bailey from the large outer enclosure is of interest and dates from the Christian occupation of the site from the 15th century. The large circular great tower of the same period is the most prominent part of the castle today.

The Islamic history of Jimena is represented by the magnificent water cisterns of 13th century Almohad construction and the fine double horseshoe arch gateway. Jimena at the time of writing is a largely unspoilt ruin. There are plans by the local council to enhance the visitor experience to Jimena castle and it is to be hoped that the proposed works do not loose the atmosphere of this wonderful castle and medieval town.

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Photo's on this page: Jimena de la Frontera, general view.