Castle of Jimena de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera

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The Castle of Jimena de la Frontera is a castle located in Jimena de la Frontera, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1931.The castle is situated on the outskirts of Jimena de la Frontera in the Province of Cádiz, Spain. The castle was originally built by the Grenadian Moors of the Umayyad Caliphate ruling over the area of Hispania Baetica in the 8th Century. It served as one of many castles guarding both the approach to the fortifications around Gibraltar and the Bay of Algeciras where the strategic and important Moorish stronghold and fortress of Algeciras was located.HistoryThe fortress was likely build over the ruins of the ancient city of Oba which dated to pre Roman Celtiberian period. Given its strategic location on the frontier of the Gibraltar region, this fortress proved an important Moorish stronghold throughout the Muslim domination of the Iberian Peninsula.The castle was taken by the Jerezanos in 1430 and retaken by the Moorish Kingdom of Granada in 1451. In 1465, it was integrated into the Kingdom of Castille as the property of the crown. It was declared a national monument of Spain in 1931, described as the building that best represents the town of Jimena de la Frontera.
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  • care, but without reform. to me me has delighted as well. the climb to the Castle wow! that's make legs...
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  • It is a shame, because while its architecture is in good condition, the surroundings are not very careful. It's nice and illuminated night gives the city much magic.
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  • Quite a steep walk to this ancient site but well worth it. The castle ruins are fascinating and the intact tower is quite extraordinary which is reported to date back to the Moors. The views from the ...  more »