Alcazaba de Antequera

Antequera, Spain

The Alcazaba of Antequera was erected in the 14th century to counter the Christian advance from the north, over Roman ruins.

The fortress is rectangular in shape, with two towers. Its keep (Torre del homenaje, 15th century) is considered amongst the largest of Moorish al-Andalus, with the exception of the Comares Tower of the Alhambra. It is surmounted by a Catholic bell tower/chapel (Templete del Papabellotas) added in 1582.

Connected to the former by a line of walls is the Torre Blanca ('white tower').

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Kari Peltomaa (2 years ago)
Hih, it was hot there, + 35, you must visit there, all well and turists well welcommend.
Michael Carpentier (2 years ago)
Best value for money visit on this years spanish road trip. Great architectural ancient stuff to be seen here. Do not miss this one on your trip. Note: book online no to have to wait in the que
Angela M.H (2 years ago)
The entrance to the fortress is on the right side, when we got into the gate, just missed it. There’s no clear directions and not friendly for handicapped visitors. The admission provides audio set service, that’s nice but I feel annoying. Be honest, this place has been preserved and repaired, but not good enough. The gardening and plantation are boring. If without panoramic view, the credit could be lower.
Tweed Tango (2 years ago)
This is a MUST to visit for anyone interested in history and architecture. The Alcazaba is remarkable. I loved everything about it, wasn't expecting to see soo much. Take comfy shoes and be prepared to climb steps. You can buy a bottle of water for €1 when you pay your combo ticket for the Alcazaba and the FABULOUS church. The self guided tour is great and easy to follow. There is ambience music while in the gardens, which is a nice touch. There are modern, clean toilets and a small gift shop. There are ramps for access to all areas of ground floor.
grodhagen . (2 years ago)
The views alone are worth the effort. The gardens give a sense of serenity. There are speakers along the route playing traditional Arabic instrumental music, tastefully on the laid-back side, and evocative of a past era. There are also traces of TardoRoman structures, but just their exposed foundations. The old fortress walls take pride of place. The audio guide was informative and well narrated (I chose Spanish languages, my wife English). There are 6 other languages, Russian, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Chinese, if memory serves me right.
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