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Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Castles in Cadiz

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

The Jimena de la Frontera Castle is located in the highest part of the town of Jimena and easily accessible from the village.

The strategic location of the castle made Jimena de la Frontera an importan frontier enclave, first Nasrid and later Christian. Its position on a hill provided views over an ample panorama that on clear day extended as far as the sea. The castle was declared National Monument  in 1931 and it is the main feature that identifies the municipality of Jimena de la Frontera.

The castle was built by the Arabs and its appearance corresponds to the period of the Nasrid dominion, the las Muslim dynasty which controlled the kingdom of Granada and whose fall meant the end o al-Andalus. It was later reconquered by Enrique IV of Castile in the middle of the 15th century. Archaeological excavations carried out in the proximity  of the castle proved that the fortification was built on the remains of an old Roman city, Obba.

The walled enclosure was quite extensive although at present there are only a few remains, as well asthe access gate to the parade ground and the clock tower, also known as Albarran. Within the Inner walls there is a constrution from the same period locarte on the parade courtyard and the surounded by double walls. This is the alcazar, a building tha tunderwent important alterations during the Christianing times and from which the keep tower still stands. This tower was the main part of a castle, it was located in the most heavily defended part  and it was usually the residence of the owners of the fortress. Outside the walls there are remains of aljibes (water deposits) of Roman origin that are  architectonically very interesting.

The Castle of Jimena is part of a network of defensive fortifications in the interor of Cadiz province, amoungst which the remains of the Castle of Alcala de los Gazules, the walls of the Castle of Castellar and the Castle or Medina Sidonia stand out.

Ownership: Town Hall of Jimena de la Frontera

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle

Jimena de la Frontera Castle


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  1. Noemi escribio:

    Muchas gracias por la información.. estoy reconstruyendo mi árbol genealógico.. mi abuelo materno nació en Jimena de la Frontera .. bautizado en la Parroquia de Santa María de la Coronada .. y casualmente o no tanto vivió en el Barrio San Cristobal en Buenos Aires.. Argentina … mismo nombre del Cerro donde se encuentra este Castillo .. gran emoción…
    Noemí ..

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