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Arcos de la Frontera Castle

Castles in Cadiz

Arcos de la Frontera Castle

The Arcos de la Frontera Castle is located in the Plaza del Cabildo (Cabildo Square), in the highest point of the town of Arcos de la Frontera, close to the Mirador de la Peña and the Minor Basilica of Santa Maria de la Asuncion, just behind the Town Hall and with access from the Campana Street.

This building has a quadrangular floor and comprises four crenellated towers on the corners. It was a military fortress during the Muslim period, however, the current castle was renovated in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. According to existing documents, the primitive fortress preserves a large horseshoe arch at the old western entrance and a stretch of wall in the southwest. Dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries are its Tower of the Secret, Eastern Walled Passage, southern Flanking Towers, Great Water Well of the Courtyard of Weapons, and Pyramid Turrets. Currently it is accessed under the arch where the Town Hall oratory was situated. Crowning the façade, we find the shield of the Dukes of Arcos.

Ownership: Private (no visits allowed but you can see the outwardly from the Cabildo Square.

The Arcos de la Frontera Castle was a military Alcazar during the Muslim period and residence of the Dukes of Arcos with the Christians.

Features: rectangular plant, four crenellated towers at its corners. The Castle was restored in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Origin: Muslim

Arcos de la Frontera Castle

Castillo de Arcos de la Frontera. Castillo de los Duques de Arcos. Antiguo Alcázar. El Castillo, antiguo Alcázar árabe, está hoy completamente transformado, ubicándose dentro del casco urbano de la ciudad de Arcos de la Frontera. Tiene planta cuadrangular, está compuesto de cuatro torres almenadas en sus esquinas. Fue alcázar militar en el periodo musulmán, sin embargo, el actual castillo responde a las reformas efectuadas en los siglos XIV y XV. Según documentos consultados, conserva del primitivo alcázar un gran arco de herradura en la vieja entrada del Poniente y un lienzo en el Suroeste. La Torre del Secreto, El Adarve de Levante, las Torres de Flanqueo del sur, el gran aljibe del Patio de Armas y los Merlones de Cobertura Piramidal datan de los siglos XIV y XV. Tiene su acceso, actualmente, por debajo del arco donde estuviera el oratorio del Ayuntamiento. En la portada, coronándola, el escudo de los Duques de Arcos.