jueves, 25 de julio de 2013

Castle of Aledo. Torre del Homenaje. Castle Keep.

Declared as BIC (Asset of Cultural Interest).
The Torre del Homenaje from Aledo, being nowadays the symbol of the little medieval town of Aledo, was centuries ago an example of power and defenses of this territory. Onto the former Moorish fortress, Christians erected this singular tower aimed at border watching as well as providing shelter for its population. In the aftermath of the Reconquest of Granada in 1492, the tower lost its strategic importance but after passing through a wide range of usages it is today one of the county's main attractions.

Its square base lies in the middle of the former military site. It has a simple layout including a ground floor, two levels and a terrace. Its current dimensions are: 19.30m high (with its 23 stones of 80 cm each) and 12.90m wide. The tower also includes a mortar platform (or berm) that was meant to level the surface. (Source murciaturistica.com) (More about the castle keep, here.)