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Alange Castle

On top of the Culebra hill, we find Alange castle, a strategic fortress from the 9th century and a place of battle for Arabs and Christians.

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Travesía del Castillo
06840 Alange , Badajoz (Extremadura)

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  • On top of the Culebra hill, we find Alange castle, a strategic fortress from the 9th century and a place of battle for Arabs and Christians.

    This castle built by the Arabs in the 9th century stands on a rocky hill, over the Matachel River, on the banks of the Alange reservoir.

    This defence fortress is at a strategic point from which access to the Silver Way was controlled. Its inaccessibility makes it a privileged place. It was witness to numerous battles and sieges between Moors and Christians.

    Although the castle was a great fortress, nowadays only three towers and the keep, made of strong brick walls and with numerous windows with horseshoe-shaped arches, remain. Some wells from the Islamic period are also preserved.

    You could reach it by a road that reached the highest point of the hill and through an arch made in the eastern wall, known as the Puerta del Sol.

    A noteworthy part of the history contained within the walls of this fortress is the presence of the Arab chief Ibn Marwan, who took shelter behind the walls of the castle for three months when attacked by the Christians, until he finally surrendered.

  • Origin:
  • 9th century
  • Construction:
  • Castle
  • Art period:
  • Mudejar
  • Period in history:
  • 9th century

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