Alcazaba – Malaga

 

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Alcazaba – Malaga

As I said before, sometimes, the most amazing and beautiful places to see and visit are close to home. You just have to break away from everyday life, and make time to see them. I walked along the historic center of Malaga numerous times and so many times I was able to see “Alcazaba”  the city’s fortress from different angles, in different seasons and of course in different time of the day. The “pearl” of Malaga, Alcazaba is a beautifully preserved and restored  palatial fortification build by Hammudi  Dynasty in early 11th century. It is an impressive place to be viewed from outside but even more beautiful from inside. Ok, I have to admit, it took me almost eight years to make time to visit it, but as some say, better late than never.

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Alcazaba – Malaga

   Like a mini  “Alhambra”, the Alcazaba – Malaga is a romantic, and charming tourist attraction. Shaded patios, luscious evergreens and purled water fountains are to be discovered behind ancient walls and portals. When you think you saw everything, more beautiful architecture, columns and majestic views of Malaga are to be discovered behind another and another gate. I took so many photos, and looking back now I feel I didn’t take enough. For an hour an a half,  I traveled back in time, trying to imagine life behind the mysterious walls, and  envisioning all the history and tales Alcazaba not so quietly sometimes, had stored between its stone palisades. 

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Alcazaba – Malaga

The history of Alcazaba – Malaga is long and tumultuous. Build in 756-780 AD on the ruins of a Roman fortification, the original purpose  was  to protect the city against pirates coming from the sea. Over centuries the palatial fortress was used as residence for many Moorish rulers. In 1487 after a very long and strenuous siege, the catholic army of Ferdinand and Isabella sized the citadel.  After the requenquista, the fortress felt into decay until 1933 when extensive restoration work began. Today, the Alcazaba – Malaga is the most well preserved Moorish citadel in Spain. No tour of  Malaga is complete without a stop at this beautiful landmark. Personally I consider it more enjoyable to visit than Alhambra in Granada,  not nearly as busy and exhausting. Do I have to mention the friendly price?  Nearby, are few more interesting ruins to be admired: the Roman amphiteatre,  and the garum basins. 

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Alcazaba – Malaga

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Alcazaba – Malaga

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Acazaba – Malaga

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