The Moorish Castle is the name given to a medieval fortification in Gibraltar comprising various buildings, gates, and fortified walls, with the dominant features being the Tower of Homage and the Gate House. Although sometimes compared to the nearby alcazars in Spain, the Moorish Castle in Gibraltar was constructed by the Marinid dynasty, making it unique in the Iberian Peninsula.

The Moorish occupation is by far the longest in Gibraltar's recorded history, having lasted from 711 to 1309 and then again from 1333 to 1462, a total of 727 years.

Construction of the Moorish Castle commenced in the 8th century AD. Its walls enclosed a considerable area, reaching down from the upper part of the Rock of Gibraltar to the sea. The most conspicuous remaining parts of the Castle are the upper tower, or Tower of Homage, together with various terraces and battlements below it, and the massive Gate House, with its cupola roof.

The present Tower of Homage, and most of what is visible today of the Castle, was rebuilt during the second Moorish period of occupation in the early 14th century, after its near destruction during a reconquest of Gibraltar by the Moors following a re-occupation by Spanish forces from 1309 to 1333.



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Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Josephine Keung (10 months ago)
i like Moorish monuments, but this castle is not that special. You can take a look if you walk down from the hill, while it is not worth if you only want to visit this castle.
Ben Howard (11 months ago)
Its worth a visit if you are in the nature reserve and doing the other attractions but probably not worth the trek up to the castle on it's own. There are some really great views from the top - but better views are avaiable further up the rock.
Nadeem shuakat (11 months ago)
One of the mile stone in the visit to the Gibraltar... This is the historical castle used by Muslims ( called as Moorish not sure out of hate or disgrace) before launching the attack. Most of the castle has been destroyed.yes the tower post with security rooms and a small prayer rooms still intact.
Iain Connell (12 months ago)
I cannot say that I disked the attraction I did NOT make it up the massively steep hill. If I had known about the CLIMB I would NOT have attempted to try. However if in the next couple of days and the weather is better I will get a taxi to do the round robin of Gibraltar.
charlotte court (13 months ago)
Loved this experience, great fun climbing the great walls of Sintra. Just be careful to wear sensible shoes and climb the steps up and take the path back down. It's quite steep at the top so be careful! Worth the climb for the great views! Beautiful surrounding gardens too.
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