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.
This is especially when combined with the distinctive keyhole arch which the Muslims adopted (and perfected) from the Visigoths on the Iberian peninsula.
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.
We were quite inspired touring this graceful structure, with sensual surprises around every corner.