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Alcazaba de Ferreira

Castles in Granada

Alcazaba de Ferreira

The Alcazaba de Ferreira is located in C/ Alcazara 2 (street), near the Constitución Square, in the Andalusian town of Ferreira, Granada Province.

This is the large tower of an alquería (Arabic farmstead). It measures some 12 metres in width and now stands at a height of 8.50 metres (although was originally probably taller). Access was through a 1.2 metre opening with a round brick arch. The tower must have had at least two storeys and a terraced roof.

The ground level contains a small cistern which was for the exclusive use of the garrison and a large silo dug out of the rock which is three metres deep. The second storey has typical defensive elements including four loopholes, one on each side. After the Christian conquest the tower was integrated into what is known as the “Casa Grande” (Big House), a noble building in the Morisco style constructed in the middle of the 16th century. From then on it was used to keep animals and as a granary. It has recently been restored to its former Islamic splendor and glory.

Of the remaining structures which must have surrounded the tower inside the precint or albacar, there is a magnificent water cistern with concrete walls and a barrel vaulted ceiling with slate slabs. It is 9 metres in length by 2.15 wide and the walls supporting the ceiling stand at a height of 3 metres.

Today, the Alcazaba de Ferreira hosts the Interpretation Center of Arabic Architecture.

Alcazaba de Ferreira


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