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Benaocaz – Nasrid Neighborhood

Monuments in Cádiz

Benaocaz – Nasrid Neighborhood

Archaeological Site of Benaocaz

The visible architectural remains correspond to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the town reached a greater splendor. Nowadays, the neighborhood retains the urban layout and the volumetry of the houses from the Muslim era.

You can see narrow cobbled streets, fortified dwellings like towers, bridges and fountains around which the life of its inhabitants developed.

Benaocaz is one of the enclaves located on the western border of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. In 1485 Ronda was conquered and the Serrrania de Villaluenga submited. Later in 1490, all of it was granted in señorio to Rodrigo Ponce de León, then Duke of Cádiz.

Of the seven villas that made up the Señorio of the Ponce de León in the Serranía (Villaluenga, Archite, Benaocaz, Aznalmara, Ubrique, Grazalema and Cardela), some were depopulated during the middle of the 16th century (Archite, Aznalmara and Cardela), amintaining the other villas that exist today.

The oldest remains found in the neighborhood belong to the late Roman period (4th century AD). It would be then a place of passage and control towards the Manga of Villaluenga, natural way of communication with the Serrania de Ronda from the Prehistory. There are Almhad remains, but after the location of the border in the middle of the 13th century towards our area.

Nasrid Neighborhood of Benaocaz

Nasrid Neighborhood of Benaocaz

Nasrid Neighborhood of Benaocaz

Nasrid Neighborhood of Benaocaz

Nasrid Neighborhood of Benaocaz

Fortified House

Fortified House of Benaocaz

Fortified House of Benaocaz


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