Historic Recyclers in Malaga Spain

Historic Recyclers in Malaga Spain

Most of our Battle Castle sites had been historically significant long into the distant past.  We found great evidence of this amongst some historic recyclers in Malaga Spain.  Our Malaga episode stood out because there actually two fortifications that were intended to protect the city.  The Gibralfaro Castle on the top of the hill was built much later than the Alcazaba which was adjacent to the city walls.  The Alcazaba’s origins likely date back to the Muslim conquest of Spain in the eighth century.  It is clear, however, based on this beautiful Roman amphitheatre, that Malaga has been an important location for centuries before.

Check out this vlog with Dan Snow explaining how the Muslim builders of the Alcazaba sourced the materials for the construction of the Alcazaba and its defensive walls.

The introduction of these roman columns added a whimsy to the Alcazaba, which sometimes felt much more like a palace than a castle in the military sense because of the beautiful blends of different construction materials.

Roman Column Supporting Corner of the Alcazaba in Malaga, Spain

Roman Column Supporting Corner of the Alcazaba in Malaga, Spain

This is especially when combined with the distinctive keyhole arch which the Muslims adopted (and perfected) from the Visigoths on the Iberian peninsula.

Keyhole Arch with Roman Columns

Keyhole Arch with Roman Columns

Features like this cornice are another playful example of this tradition and create a sense of time distortion as different time periods literally burst from the walls.

Cornice Atop a Column Embedded within the Walls of the Alcazaba.

Cornice Atop a Column Embedded within the Walls of the Alcazaba.

We were quite inspired touring this graceful structure, with sensual surprises around every corner.

Alcazaba, Malaga, Spain

Alcazaba, Malaga, Spain

Have you come across any historic recyclers in your travels?  Please share you photos with us on our Facebook page or via Twitter.  We’d love to hear from you!

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