Castillo de Calatrava la Vieja, Carrion de Calatrava
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Calatrava la Vieja is a medieval site and original nucleus of the Order of Calatrava. It is now part of the Archaeological Parks of the Community of Castile-La Mancha. Situated at Carrión de Calatrava, Calatrava during the High Middle Ages was the only important city in the Guadiana River valley. It thus guarded the roads to Cordova and Toledo.Its name is derived from the Arabic Qal'at Rabāḥ قلعة رباح, a reference to the Arab nobleman who held this area in the 8th century, although as a fortress it may date even earlier – to Iberian times.References to the site date from as early as 785, and in 853 owing to conflicts between the Muslims of Toledo and the emirate of Cordova, it was partially destroyed, but rebuilt later. The site was rebuilt under al-Hakam, brother of Muhammad I. It became the capital of the region. At the fall of the Caliphate of Cordova, the Taifa kingdoms or republics of Seville, Cordova, and Toledo competed to acquire Calatrava.
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  • Worth visiting this castle and its various outbuildings, some very well preserved and others in the restoration, you can spend a pleasant cultural day.
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  • Beautiful surroundings and landscape that makes us go back centuries in time, ideal to visit and walk around the surrounding area.
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  • The origin of the order of Calatrava, surrounded by the Guadiana river, a spectacular location. You introduce a pleasant walk among the ruins in the history of the order and the splendor that in another era had the Castle. A shame that just a small part of all the heritage which is still buried is excavated.
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