Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

The Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera is a former Moorish alcázar, now housing a park. A first fortress was probably built in the 11th century, when Jerez was part of the small kingdom of the taifa of Arcos de la Frontera, on a site settled since prehistoric times in the south-eastern corner of the city. In the 12th century, a new structure was erected to be used as both residence and fortress by the Almohad rulers of southern Spain. Later, after the Reconquista of Andalusia, it was the seat of the first Christian mayors.

Its various parts, which have been magnificently restored, include the Christianised Mosque dedicated to Santa María la Real, the Arabic Baths, the Oil Mill and the beautiful gardens.

The Dark Chamber is located in the tower of Villavicencio Palace (17th-18th centuries) in the Fortress, the oldest monument in this city. The visit includes a ticket for two exhibitions. The first one is about the dark chambers in the world. The second one is a themed exhibition about Jerez, explained by a guide who stands out the most important monuments.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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L R (9 months ago)
Really nice. It's an iconic highly of Jerez. It's not expensive at all and it's located in the heart of Jerez, near main Square, cathedral and near quality wineries like Fundador Pedro Domecq, William and Humbert...
Cari Sanabria (10 months ago)
Beautiful place close to other turistic places. Parking very close and good price .
Sorina Matei (11 months ago)
The building has a special architecture, but unfortunately it was closed. It cannot be visited and it seems deserted. Around it, the steps and the alleys are full of withered leaves and litter.
John Wood (2 years ago)
Stunning place with so much history. Easily spend 1-2 hours looking round. Well worth a visit when in Jerez.
Sarah Ranfranz (2 years ago)
Well kept archeological site, 18th century palace, and gardens. The Moorish and Catholic influences over time can be seen as well.
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