Orce Castle

Orce, Spain

Alcazaba de las Siete Torres ('the castle of seven towers') was built at the beginning of the 11th century, coinciding with the dismemberment of the Caliphate of Córdoba.

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Calle Castillo 1, Orce, Spain
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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maria dolores gonzalezperez (5 months ago)
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Amedo Craven (6 months ago)
The castle dates from Arabic rule in Andalucia, although it is open you need to arrange a visit with the town hall. Today was an ecological market in the square
F Oc (6 months ago)
Beautiful and imposing castle inside the town of Orce. It is called the Seven Towers, it can be visited by arranging the visit at the local tourist office which is located in the Palacio de los Segura. Exhibitions are also organized in the keep. The history of the place and the various occupations it has had over time are impressive. I recommend it.
Bart Uyttenhove (2 years ago)
Huge trees, cave houses
Gran Vida Escuela de Cocina Macrobiotica (2 years ago)
Es un lugar espectacular por dentro y por fuera. Es una pasada los conciertos y el cine que aveces celebran. Lo recomido
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