Water Dams in Huelva
Agua Dam & Reservoir – Aracena
The Agua Dam was built in 1971 on the bed of the Arroyo Rejondillo, in the Andalusian municipality of Aracena, province of Huelva, Spain.
Agua is a loose material dam and cly core with a height from foundations of 28 meters and a crest lenght of 1400 meters.
The Agua Reservoir belong to the Tinto, Odiel and Piedras River Basins and has a capacity of 2,350 hm3.
Uses of the Reservoir
The origin of the current Aracena is located on the top of the hill occupied by the Castle and the Priory Church. During medieval times it was a fortified town, defended by a wall fence and a fortress. Archaeological remains of dwellings from the 10th to 13th centuries, prior to the Christian era, have been found on this site, showing an Andalusian population related to the Qatrasana settlement documented in Islamic texts. Inside the castle we can see the houses from the Andalusian period and the different rooms of the medieval fortress.
The conquest of the Islamic population by the Order of the Hospital led to the construction of the castle in the mid-13th century. The castle is a military construction and not a residential or feudal type. The fortress of Aracena was divided into a parade ground and a fortress, separated by a wall where the Torre Mayor stands out. The Alcázar of the castle of Aracena occupies the eastern part of the enclosure. Its extension is smaller than the parade ground, but it has elements such as the cistern that allow it to be defined as a small fortress within the castle. The Torre Mayor or Tribute Tower is located in the highest area of the hill, being conceived as the last redoubt of defense. He was able to hold out after the fortress was captured. From the adarve or walkway around the walls and from the towers we can contemplate the surrounding landscape, as well as the Conjunto Histórico Artístico of Aracena. Read more…