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‘Almería - Al-Mari'yah, the watchtower’

Here is my postcard of Almería, the capital of one of the eight Andalusian provinces.

Surprisingly but a panorama taken from the same hill has not yet been posted here. Also, there are very few pictures of this city on TE.
I agree that Almería has less to offer than Andalusian cities such as Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada but it is unjustly looked over by foreign visitors.

The Moors in Andalucia needed a good defence system for their towns in the area.
In the year 955 Calipha Abd-ar-Rahman III of Córdoba founded the Alcazaba (the Citadel) that you can see on the picture.
This Citadel, Al-Mari'yah (المرئية or the Watchtower) gave the city its name.
After the Alhambra, this citadel is the second largest among the Muslim fortresses of Andalusia.
In 1522 it was destroyed by an earthquake.
It includes a triple line of walls, a majestic fortified tower and large gardens.

I took the picture on the hill behind the gypsy quarter west of the Alcazaba.

The horizon, partly in the sea and partly on land, is quite foggy but its line does not seem to run straight. I find this strange because I concentrated on the walls of the Alcazaba to get them straight. So why is the horizon line inclined ?

The information mentioned here and much more can be found on Wikipedia.

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