Loja Castle

Loja, Spain

The Islamic heritage of Loja is still evident in the quarter of the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress of which most of the walls and towers remain. It was built in the 9th century AD to the site of possible Roman remains.

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Calle Boabdil 18, Loja, Spain
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Mig Mal (2 years ago)
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la Torre de Agigampi es Arte islámico, Torre defensiva de la Edad Media - Árabes Es una Torre árabe, de alquería, de planta circular compuesta, formada por medias circunferencias de 5,60 metros de diámetro en los extremos y una parte central rectangular de 3,30 metros de longitud en fachadas, teniendo el eje mayor dirección Noreste-Suroeste. Por tanto, la planta de la torre se inscribe en un rectángulo de medidas 8,90 x 5,50 metros. Está construida con fábrica de mampostería, empleando hiladas alternas de piedras de mediano tamaño con otras de lajas planas. En la base, los mampuestos son de mayor tamaño. Su altura conservada es de unos 9 metros. En la parte recta orientada al Sureste, se sitúa el hueco de acceso, cuya altura no puede medirse por estar la torre rodeada de casas y corrales pertenecientes al cortijo del que forma parte. Dicho hueco se encuentra recercado de sillería, tanto en las jambas como en el arco, siendo éste rebajado. Al no poder entrar en ella se desconoce su distribución interior, si bien desde fuera se aprecia que conserva parte de la bóveda de ladrillo que la cubría.
ANA LABRAT (3 years ago)
Lugar magnifico y precioso, con gente estupenda.
carmen arco aguilera (4 years ago)
Es un sitio especial bonito y súper tranquilo
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