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Biar Castle

  • Biar Castle © Turespaña

    Biar Castle © Turespaña

  

Category

Castle

Date

12th-15th centuries

Style

Andalusi
Biar
Alicante - Alacant, Valencia

Telephone+34 657912407 - +34 965811177

E-mailbiar@touristinfo.net

Websitehttp://turismobiar.com/castillo-de-biar/

This frontier castle is Arab in origin and was reinforced and extended by the Christians from the time of its conquest. It contains a unique element in Hispanic Arab architecture.

It was built in the 12th century by the Almohads, and reinforced from the mid-13th century onwards due to its location on the frontier between the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile.
It is today in a good state of conservation, and comprises a double enclosure. The exterior, which follows the shape of the hill overlooking the village of Biar, has four semi-cylindrical towers at the corners, all with battlements and arrow slits. The interior also has three semi-cylindrical towers, although its most outstanding feature is the shell keep.
This building has a rectangular floor plan, and is 17 metres high, with a ground floor and two other floors. Its peculiarity is to be found on the first floor, which is covered by a traditional Almohad ribbed vault, the only example of its kind in Spanish military architecture.

Practical information

Timetables

 

Wednesday to Sunday

10:15 AM to 1:45 PM

Rates

 

General: €1

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