The Moorish Castle Complex (The Tower of Homage and The Gate House), Gibraltar

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This article is about the Moorish castle in Gibraltar. For the Moorish castle in Sintra, Portugal, see Castle of the Moors (Sintra)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. Part of the castle itself also housed the prison of Gibraltar until it was relocated in 2010. The Tower of Homage is clearly visible to all visitors to Gibraltar, not only because of its striking construction but also because of its dominant and strategic position. Though sometimes compared to nearby alcazars in Spain, the Moorish Castle in Gibraltar was constructed by the Marinid dynasty, making it unique in the Iberian Peninsula.HistoryGibraltar has always been of special significance to the numerous peoples and civilizations that have visited or occupied it over the ages, from the Neanderthal period, through the Classical and on to Moorish, Spanish, and the current British rule.The Moorish occupation is by far the longest in Gibraltar's recorded history, having lasted from 711 to 1309 and then again from 1350 to 1462, a total of 710 years.Historical importance of Gibraltar to both Muslims and Christians lies in the fact that the Moorish invasion and occupation of parts of western Europe started from Gibraltar in 711 and, through to its final recapture by Spaniards in 1462, Moorish rule was gradually undermined until, with the fall of Granada in 1492, Moorish occupation of parts of western Europe came to an end after 781 years.
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  • The castle is an icon of Gibraltar's history and the exhibition inside further explains the turbulent past that Gibraltar has experienced.  more »
  • This is one of those attractions you're best getting a guided tour of, or downloading your own audio guide, or bringing information. There isn't a lot of signage, but you do get some great views down ...  more »
  • Part of our tour enabled us to visit this location . It is mind boggling to see and read all about it. The view from the top is awesome, may not suit all as many steps to climb.  more »
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  • Rather captivatingly romantic image from the outside. Not much to savour in the inside. Don't go out of your way, but it IS well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity - if only for the daring staircase to the roof and the great views from there over Gibraltar town rolling down the slopes of the Rock below.
  • A must see part of Gibraltar. Once you reach the top you have a great view of the city and its bays.
  • Not worth for 12€ (even the ticket includes entrance to caves and other castles). Nothing interesting here.
  • Do not bother going, better spend a bit more time in the attractions close by
  • This large brick construction on the lower part of the rock was built in 1333AD (over the top of an older castle) by the Moors who controlled much of the Iberian Peninsular at this point in history. It formed part of the defences that these Arab conquerors had constructed to protect themselves from the attacks of Western European forces. The best preserved section is the Tower of Homage which you can go inside and climb to the top of. It has great views across the city.Entrance to the Moorish Castle is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.