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Alcazaba
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Alcazaba
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Alcazaba
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Alcazaba

Alcazaba

On the highest area of the Castle, you will discover this impressive 11th-century Islamic palace which was predominantly of military use. During the Muslim period, it housed the command post and the official residence of the Sultan.

The palace is surrounded by a strong defensive structure of walls and towers placed in perfect symmetry. It bears a total amount of 12 towers: 4 of them in the corners, 3 in the larger sidewalls and 1 in the shorter. The core of the palace occupies 1,085 m2, which would correspond to almost the whole area of the fortress comprising 1,200 m2.

The main area of ​​the palace, residential and ceremonial, has a rectangular floor plan of 35x31 meters and is organized around a central courtyard, which is one of the typical features of the Andalusian residential architecture. Around the courtyard, with its major axis oriented north-south, all rooms are set out: rectangular porticoed rooms on the larger side (north and south) and service units on the shorter side (east and west).

On the south side of the courtyard there is a square pool, which is assumed to have been approximately 1m deep. It has a staircase access with 6 steps and a drainage system. The courtyard was the centre of the palace and it was used as a garden to grow aromatic herbs.

In the north and south sides of the palace we find noble rooms with porches. These are 35x6m and its structure is divided into three rooms: a central one, bigger and ceremonial, and two smaller bedrooms on the sides. A covered walkway with arches head to the rooms, but only remain the foundations on which the columns would have risen.

On the east and west sides of the courtyard, rooms are accessible from under the platform. There is placed the system of storm water pipe and the evacuation of the courtyard outside.

The real access to the palace is situated on the southeast side. The area outside appears surrounded by walls and towers except for the southern flank. In this area there have been recent and important findings: the doorway, a large cistern that provided water to this building and a number of units that should had served as stables.

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