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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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  • This attraction is worth a visit so you can at least claim you survived the car ride to the parking lot and then the steep climb from the parking lot to the entrance to the castle. Whew! Enjoyed the w...  more »
  • The castle of Lorca or fortress of the Sun is the emblem of the city of Lorca par excellence. It is worth a visit and climb its towers to see an overview of the city. For a while is accessible, by guided tour, the synagogue also located within the walls of the fortress.
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  • you learn a lot about the history of this region in el castillo and you get breathtaking views of Lorca. It has jewish, chrisitian and muslim heritage and you can also see the damage done by the earth...  more »