Wall of Adra
Wall of Adra
This fortified enclosure was built by order of the Queen Juana in 1505, although its final conclusion lasted several decades as a part of the control and defense policy of the coast of the Kingdom of Granada impelled by the Catholic Monarchs. Its purpose was to defend the coastline, the new Christian frontier after the conquest of Granada. It was gradually populated by moving people from the interior to the coast and stimulating the settlement of old Christians by means of tax privileges.
During the 16th and 17th centuries Adra was the target of the Berber and Turkish piracy, and resisted numerous assaults and pillage from these walls.
Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Monument category, the wall was restored by the Department of Culture of the Regional Government of Andalusia in 2008. Read more..
Wall of Adra “Cubo de la Carrera”
You are now at the “Cubo de la Carrera”, one of the towers of the wall that surrounded the original town of Adra.
In 1505 Queen Juana ordered the construction of a wall to defend the town, works that took a few decades to accomplish. It is shaped in the form of an irregular hexagon with towers on its corners as seen on the plan on the right.
Inside this area there was also a castle built previously in 1492, but that hasn´t survived to our times. We know it was rectangular in shape with a ward and a homage tower. It was built to protect the coast, the new frontier after the conquest of the kingdom of Granada.
The “Cubo del Cementerio”
You are now beside the old tower known as “Torreon de Olvera” in which you can see the different constructive solutions employed in the building of the defenses.
Made out of river stones and slate joined with mortar with a width of over 1,45m, it diminishes in size as it approaches the top.
The structure was plastered as you can see on some remnants of the original finishing that has survived to our days. Walls and towers were provided with loopholes for guns and artillery.