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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  • Hardly any tourists! Pretty town and interesting castle, with panoramic views, and tons of atmosphere!  more »
  • Great evening stroll up to Castle, views of Gibraltar and Africa, best with a westerly blowing. Bruite Leonado ( I think) on most days flying above you, sometimes up to 10-12.  more »
  • Nice walk for about 1 hour. The view from there is perfect. Old castle walls show the history. Some stairs to climb but nothing to fear. You can take a picnic up there to enjoy the view. Behind the wh...  more »
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  • Great views and great building of last time of Al - Andalus. I loved the entrance door prepared for possible attacks on the fortress.
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  • The castle of Jimena de la Frontera, the most representative of this town building, was a defensive element of vital importance in the southwestern frontier of the Nasrid Kingdom that joined to the South with Castellar de la Frontera, and on the North with Tavizna. Supposedly built on the ruins of the Oba romana, important point of the route between Cordoba and Carteya, the Castle consists of an irregular walls surrounding the old village covering an area wide and long to adapt to the flat terrain of the peak. The castle only currently retains boot of walls and cubes that are spread around its perimeter. The interior is dismantled and occupied in part by the cemetery, while retaining complete entry door to the Patio de Armas, which is structured according to two targeted horseshoe arches, arranged upper advanced with respect to the bottom to help his defense, and keeping this some remnants of its ancient decoration painted with geometric motifs. This gate, which has a certain air of monumental, is protected by a rectangular tower known as the clock tower. Blocks in this set include two skywalks and a base of Roman origin. The castle is taken to the Muslims in 1431, returning to retrieve it in 1454 to 1456 year that is definitely taken up by the Christian forces under the command of Enrique IV; being subsequently sold to the Duke of Medina Sidonia don Enrique de Guzmán in 1471 for his defence and maintenance. Account with a fortress located at the eastern end of the enclosure surrounded by a double wall battlements in the zone corresponding to the parade ground, and in whose centre is situated the circular tower of homage, the most unique of this fortress, arranged as a tower of vigia to the usual way the Nasrid coastline. This tower is preserved in relative good condition, missing only the embattled auction. It consists of two cameras, low and high, this latest cover with cloth dome inside and which can be reached via a spiral staircase. The outdoor enclosure is home to Wells, construction of Roman descent, whose current appearance corresponds to the Islamic period. It is a series of several parallel aisles that are covered by barrel vaults supported on brick arches that rest on pillars. The whole has its origin in the 13th century, although it was refurbished in the centuries that followed, presenting a face that responds to the Nasrid period with some additions from the Christian era. Several centuries later the old Castle served during the war of independence, when in the year 1810 general Ballesteros focuses its operations in the Campo de Gibraltar and established its headquarters in Jimena, repairing the Muslim fortress.
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  • A castle that is worth a visit with a view that you can not pass. It is worth to deviate. Eye with the rise in car because it is pronounced! Lol
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  • A stunning and beautifully restored place. It has enabled to make it easy to gain access to the walls and most of the buildings. Failure by excavating the Roman part of which are only a few remnants. The views are extraordinary and are often passing vultures and other birds.
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  • A large monument and well preserved. Spectacular views. A pity that there is no one who ask nothing. It is open and is free. Some posters are damaged. The visit is worth.
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