Alcazaba of Malaga


alcazaba of malaga

The Alcazaba of Malaga is a palatial fortification built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century; it is the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain.
An alcazaba is a Moorish fortification in Spain and Portugal. The word derives from the Arabic word al-qasbah, meaning a walled-fortification in a city.
Ferdinand and Isabella captured Malaga from the Moors after the Siege of Malaga (1487), one of the longest sieges in the Reconquista, and raised their standard at the "Torre del Homenaje" in the inner citadel.
The Alcazaba of Malaga is the prototype of military architecture in the Taifa period, with its double walls and massive entry fortifications. Its only parallel is the castle of Krak des Chevaliers in Syria.

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11th century

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