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The Alcazaba Of Malaga

The Alcazaba Palace-fortress in Malaga, Andalusia. Was built in the early 11th century during the reign of the dynasty Ammoudiou. Today it is the most well-preserved Alcazaba in Spain (the name comes from the Arabic word "al-Casbah", meaning "fortress"). Generally, Alcazaba called fortifications of the urban type, which served as the residence of the Governor. Near the entrance to the Alcazaba of Malaga are the ruins of the ancient Roman theatre of the 1st century BC, which are now being restored. Some building materials of Ancient Rome were used by the Moors for the erection of their Palace-fortress.

The Catholic kings Ferdinand and Isabella conquered Malaga from the Moors during the siege of the city in the late 15th century it was one of the longest sieges in the history of the Reconquista (it lasted about 4 months). Your kings flag hoisted on the Torre del Homenaje in the inner citadel.

The Alcazaba, with its impressive double walls and fortifications reminiscent of a castle Crac des Chevaliers in Syria. The Palace was built on a hill in the town centre facing the port. Once it connects the city ramparts which formed a third defensive wall, but survived only two interior walls. One of them fully covers the second and studded with towers.

The entrance to the citadel is through the gate of Puerta de La Bóveda or the modern Elevator. From the gate starts a path running through the gardens with numerous fountains artful, through the gate of Puerta de Las Columnas built from Roman ruins, and renamed Torre del Cristo, once served as a chapel. To get inside the citadel is possible only through the gate of Puerta de Los Cuartos de Granada, which once protected the Western part of the Alcazaba. Here stands the Torre del Homenaje, however, today it is half destroyed. The inner citadel are the Palace and some other residential buildings, constructed in the 11th - 14th centuries. Among them Cuartos de Granada - house, the former residence of kings and governors.