Torre Alháquime Castle
Torre Alhaquime Castle
The true development of Torre-Alhaquime as a population center must have begun during the Muslim domination. It is known with certainty that during the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, Torre-Alhaquime was a small town located around a castle. This castle was part of a powerful defensive line that limited the kingdom of Granada and that until 1292 began in Algeciras to the south, reaching Olvera.
The remains of the castle scattered around the top of the hill on which the town stands correspond to this moment. Among them are some pollarded towers, part of the walls and the gateway to the main square, at the end of a slope that has already been transformed into a comfortable staircase, which begins at the entrance to the Nuestra Señora de la Antigua Parish Church. . There is a second entrance, surely opened in modern times with gravel masonry rigging.
The castle was destroyed in the first half of the 20th century, placing a closed cemetery within the walled enclosure, a fact for which it has been known more recently as Cemetery Castle. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest with the category of Monument and is currently owned by the Torre-Alháquime City Council and is part of a municipal recreational area known as Parque de las Murallas or Parque Antiguas Murallas, with good views over the landscape of the countryside and its surroundings. The castle would have had an irregular floor plan and an oblong general layout. The stretch of wall corresponding to the gate, between a protruding tower with a square plan on its left and another semi-circular one on its right, has recently been restored.
Access: seamlessly accessed by the C/ Fuera del Arco, through the Constitution Square and just ahead of the Parish Church of Our Lady of Antigua (Iglesia Parroquial de Ntra. Sra. de la Antigua).
Today (05/17/2009) are only part of the walls, apparently Nazari style and was possibly built in the XIII Century, receiving Christian influences in its construction. The castle was destroyed a century, within the walled a cemetery was made that has ceased to be used; there is now a recreational area, the Castle Park where you can see breathtaking views of the environment, the countryside and around. You can also take the shade under a giant pine located right in the center of the enclosure.
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