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Castle of Lorca, Lorca

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Lorca Castle in Lorca, Murcia, Spain, is a fortress of medieval origin constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. It consists of a series of defensive structures that, during the Middle Ages, made the town and the fortress an impregnable point in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula. Lorca Castle was a key strategic point of contention between Christians and Muslims during the Reconquista. It is listed as a Site of Cultural Interest.It is 640 m long and 120 m wide, and one of the largest castles in Spain.HistoryArchaeological excavations have revealed that the site of the castle has been inhabited since Neolithic times. There were archaeological excavations conducted between 1999 and 2011, in conjunction with other excavations conducted in the centre of the town of Lorca. The excavations revealed the existence of an Argaric town that extended from the castle to the actual site of the current town. The excavations revealed funerary sites, homes, and a wall.It has not been determined exactly when a castle or fortress was first built on the hill. The first written documentation referring to a castle at Lorca is of Muslim origin, which in the 9th century, indicates that the city of Lurqa was an important town in the area ruled by Theudimer (Tudmir), who ruled seven cities in southeastern Spain, mentioned in the Treaty of Orihuela that was preserved by the Andalusian historian Ibn Adarí in the thirteenth century: Orihuela, Valentila (possibly an equivalent for Valencia), Alicante, Mula, Bigastro, Eyya (probably Ojós), and Lorca.
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  • The short tour of the castle is €5 including audio guide and takes well over an hour. There are two additional add-on tours. Some archaeologists may consider the restorations to have gone too far, but...  read more »
  • Full of history, a great audio guide available. Not expensive to visit. The whole castle has a feeling of airiness. We have been 3 times and in different seasons, enjoyed each visit 
  • The castle is very well, important areas are restored, give you an audio guide with input but it is not my favorite way of visiting the sites, you usually lose too much time, I prefer a guide that focuses on the important things. If you see everything you can take at least 4 or 5 hours. I do not think either that the visit did not include the synagogue or to one of the towers (the Alfonsina), we had to do and pay with a guide on the other hand. Schedules of visits are also even well organized because we could not do the theatrical tour of the Castle because it overlapped us on schedule with a visit to the Alfonsina Tower since we could not do it in the afternoon. Finally a pity all that because the fortress is very cool.
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