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‘The alcazaba of Almería’

The last cold days in Belgium made me think back to a winter holiday in the south of Spain.
So here two more pictures of Almería, a lesser known provincial capital of Andalusia and the building which gave its name to the whole town.
The Moors who have built this citadel called it ' المرئية or Al-Mari'yah', meaning the Watchtower.

After the Alhambra in Granada, this citadel or alcazaba is the second largest among the Muslim fortresses of Andalusia. In 1522 it was destroyed by an earthquake.

I took the picture in the gypsy quarter ‘La Chanca’ west of the Alcazaba. I'm not sure if the houses on the hillside are new or renovated homes. In this district, you will find new construction projects but also the oldest and worst houses of the city, some of which are partly carved into the rock.

The alcazaba and its surroundings were used as a location for the movies Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

This information and much more can be found on Wikipedia and on
http://www.unique-almeria.com/alcazaba.html

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