Moorish Ruins and Moorish Sites

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The Moors: Site Index

Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum

The Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum exhibits a collection of artefacts relating to the history of the area.

The Albufeira Municipal Archaeological Museum (Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira) exhibits a small collection of artefacts relating to the history of the area dating from the prehistoric to the Roman, the Moorish up to the seventeenth century.... Read More

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Alcazaba of Málaga

The Alcazaba of Malaga is a picturesque and formidable 11th century Moorish citadel.

The Alcazaba of Malaga (Alcazaba de Málaga) is a picturesque 11th century Moorish citadel said to be one of the most important of its kind in Spain. Historians have put its construction as having taken place between 1057 and 1063 under the rule of Berber king, Badis ben Habus. Over... Read More

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Alcazar of Segovia

The Alcazar of Segovia is an imposing medieval fortress turned royal palace.

The Alcazar of Segovia (Alcazar de Segovia) is an imposing medieval fortress which embodies much of what one would consider to be the ideal vision of a fairytale castle, complete with picturesque turrets and cliff-top location. It is thought that a fort has existed on this site since Roman times, but... Read More

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Alcazar of Seville

Predominantly built in Europe's Dark Ages of the 1300s, the Alcázar of Seville is one of Europe’s most intricately beautiful palaces and is the perfect setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in Game of Thrones.

The Alcazar of Seville has been described as ‘one of history’s architectural high points’. The word Alcázar comes from the Hispano-Arabic word ‘Alqáşr’ meaning ‘room of the Prince’ or ‘royal house’ and the palace is truly one of the most striking in all of Spain. In fact the Spanish royal... Read More

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Alhambra

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain was a fortified palace complex of the Nasrid Dynasty conquered by the Christians.

Calat Alhambra or the “Red Fortress” in Granada, Spain, is a complex of royal palaces, mosques, baths, shops and other buildings surrounded by an imposing two kilometer fortified wall. Originally established in 1238 by the founder of the Nasrid Dynasty, Muhammad Ibn al Ahmar, it was expanded in the 13th century... Read More

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Bujaco Tower

Bujaco Tower is a Moorish tower in the Cáceres Plaza Mayor.

Bujaco Tower (Torre de Bujaco) is a 12th century Moorish Tower in the centre of the Spanish city of Cáceres. The namesake of Bujaco Tower was Caliph Abú-Ya’qub, who led his troops to victory in conquering Cáceres in March 1173 after a six month long siege.... Read More

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Casa del Rey Moro

Casa del Rey Moro is home to hanging gardens and a fascinating Moorish water mine.

Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King) in Ronda was – contrary to its name – actually built in the 18th century on the site of a former Moorish castle and is home to both hanging gardens and a Moorish water mine. The mine was built in the... Read More

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Castelo dos Mouros

Castelo dos Mouros is a picturesque ruined castle with a history dating back to the eighth century.

Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors) is a picturesque ruined castle overlooking Sintra in Portugal. Believed to have originally been built by the Moors in around the eighth century - hence the name - Castelo dos Mouros was attacked several times until it was finally taken by King Afonso... Read More

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Cerro da Vila

Cerro da Vila is an Ancient Roman site housing the remains of a second or third century villa complex.

Cerro da Vila is an Ancient Roman site housing the remains of a second or third century villa complex including baths and mosaics. Whilst mainly a Roman site, it is thought that Cerro da Vila was inhabited until the eleventh century. As such, the museum at Cerro da Vila exhibits not... Read More

Faro Archaeological Museum

Faro Archaeological Museum has a collection of artefacts including prehistoric, Roman, Moorish and medieval pieces.

Faro Archaeological Museum, also known as the Municipal Museum or Museu Municipal de Faro, has a collection of artefacts ranging from the prehistoric to the medieval including the Moorish. Most of the collection at the Faro Archaeological Museum is Roman and includes tombstones, mosaics and other pieces found in the... Read More

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La Giralda

La Giralda is the famed bell tower of Seville Cathedral and which began as a 12th century minaret.

La Giralda of Seville has the honour of being both one of the world’s most famous bell towers and minarets, earning it UNESCO World Heritage status. Originally built between 1172 and 1198 as part of a magnificent mosque under Emir Yaqub al-Mansur, it is considered to be a brilliant example... Read More

Marbella Castle Walls

The Marbella Castle Walls were once part of an impressive Moorish citadel built in the tenth century.

The Marbella Castle Walls (Murallas del Castillo) were once part of an impressive Moorish citadel built in the tenth century. Relatively little remains of this once great site. Today, tourists are confined to viewing this fortification from the outside as it is not open to the public.... Read More

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Monasterio de Piedra

The Monasterio de Piedra is a monastery located in Zaragoza, Spain. The building was constructed between 1195 and 1218, and is surrounded by acres of spectacular parkland.

Nestled amid acres of dramatic parkland crisscrossed by waterfalls, streams and idyllic natural pools, Monasterio de Piedra is a picturesque medieval monastery in the municipality of Nuévalos, in the province of Zaragoza in Northeast Spain. The Monastery, whose name translates literally as 'The Stone Monastery', was founded in 1194 when Alfonso... Read More

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Old Town of Caceres

The Old Town of Caceres embodies centuries of conquest and re-conquest in its winding streets.

The Old Town of Caceres in Spain is an embodiment of centuries of conflict, with its winding streets, palaces and general style telling the stories of those who fought for its conquest. Founded by the Romans under the name Norbensis Caesarina in the 1st century BC, medieval Caceres was the... Read More

Paderne Castle

Paderne Castle was a Moorish stronghold later taken by the forces of King Afonso III.

Paderne Castle (Castelo de Paderne) was originally built as a Moorish stronghold during the period of the Almohad dynasty. While Paderne Castle dates back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the site on which it was constructed has a history which may stretch as far back as Roman times. In... Read More

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Puerta del Sol Toledo

The Sun Gate of Toledo was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 14th century.

The Sun Gate of Toledo (Puerta del Sol) was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 14th century, although it is said that the original gate may date back to the Taifa kingdom of the 11th century. Today, the impressive Moorish style Sun Gate of Toledo is a popular monument... Read More

Sagunto Castle

Sagunto Castle was a large Moorish citadel, the impressive remains of which overlook the modern town.

Sagunto Castle (Castillo de Sagunto) is a vast ruin spread over a kilometre and overlooking the town. The most impressive parts of Sagunto Castle date back to around the eighth century and were built by the Moors as an imposing fortress. However, the site also shows signs of previous inhabitants... Read More

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Santa María la Blanca Synagogue

Santa María la Blanca ("Saint Mary the White") originally known as the Ibn Shushan Synagogue is a museum and former synagogue in Toledo, Spain. It is disputably considered the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing.

Santa María la Blanca Synagogue in Toledo, Spain, has the unique disposition of originally being a Moorish construction built for a Jewish synagogue which was converted into a Christian church in the 15th century. Santa María la Blanca Synagogue was first constructed in 1180, completed in the early 13th century,... Read More

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Santiago del Arrabal Church

Santiago del Arrabal is a church in Toledo, Spain, built in 1245-48, at the orders of Sancho II, on the site of an older church and a mosque that is known to been used since 1125.

Santiago del Arrabal Church (Iglesia de Santiago del Arrabal) is a 13th century structure widely considered to be one of Toledo’s most impressive Mudejar style buildings and built under the auspices of Sancho II.... Read More

Silves Archaeological Museum

Silves Archaeological Museum offers an insight into the history of Silves and its surrounding area.

Silves Archaeological Museum (Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Silves) offers an insight into the history of Silves and its surrounding area, with a collection spanning from prehistory to the seventeenth century. This collection is divided into four main sections, namely the prehistoric, Roman, Moorish and the Portuguese periods. The... Read More

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Silves Castle

Silves Castle is an imposing Moorish stronghold.

Silves Castle (Castelo de Silves) is an imposing Moorish stronghold which defended this once thriving Moorish settlement in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Following the re-conquest by Christian forces in 1242, Silves Castle was altered and renovated, this work continuing throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Today, Silves Castle... Read More

St George’s Castle

St George’s Castle in Lisbon is a medieval castle which once served as a royal palace.

St George’s Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) in Lisbon is a medieval citadel resting high atop one of the city’s highest hills overlooking the Tagus River. Historical research has shown that the hill on which St George’s Castle sits was inhabited as early as the sixth century BC, with the first... Read More