Aracena Castle

Aracena, Spain

Aracena Castle was erected in the 13th century, during the Islamic period, and was itself built on the site of an ancient Moorish castle. The walled enclosure was partitioned inside, with the tower of homage, or castle keep, defending the barrier that divided its interior. The population of Aracena settled around this structure, giving rise to the current urban landscape. During the late Middle and Modern Ages, Aracena continued growing from the Cerro del Castillo (castle hill) into the valley, first as unattached land dependent on Seville and later, in the seventeenth century, as a feudal estate under the jurisdiction of the Count-Duke of Olivares. Still later, it was under the Count of Altamira, who carried the title of Prince of Aracena.

The fortress consists of the alcazaba, or citadel, with its watch tower, cistern and walls; these are flanked by other towers, as well as a fence line that, in its interior, once accommodated medieval living quarters.



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Aracena, Spain
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Xosefa Costas (13 months ago)
Great views... Really good exercise to get to the top of the hill...
Simone S (14 months ago)
From the outside it's stunning, dominating the valley and its village. Inside, there's nothing to write home about.
amani liu (15 months ago)
Looks cool from below, didn't get to enter due to it being closed. Nice vistas.
Fred H. (17 months ago)
The castle was closed so I could only see it fromthe outside. It was very average and not so interesting. The view on the surrounding city is nice but I would not waste time visiting this (at least when it is closed). There are many more interesting things to see such as the train of riotinto.
Fernando Moreno (20 months ago)
Precioso castillo en la zona más alta del pueblo de Aracena. En proceso de restauración. Belo castelo na área mais alta da cidade de Aracena. No processo de restauração. アラセナの町の最も高いエリアにある美しいお城。復元の過程で。 美麗的城堡在阿拉塞納鎮的最高區域。在恢復過程中。 Beau château dans la plus haute zone de la ville d’Aracena. En cours de restauration. Schönes Schloss im höchsten Bereich der Stadt Aracena. Im Prozess der Wiederherstellung. Beautiful castle in the highest area of ​​the town of Aracena. In the process of restoration. قلعة جميلة في أعلى منطقة في بلدة أراسينا. في عملية الترميم. Bellissimo castello nella zona più alta della città di Aracena. Nel processo di restauro. Красивый замок в самом высоком районе города Арасена. В процессе реставрации.
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